Houston Hobby Airport

Houston Hobby Airport HOU

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Airport Overview

William P. Hobby Airport is Houston’s oldest commercial airport and is Houston's secondary commercial aviation facility, handling the area's domestic and some international flights.

The airport is located in Houston, Texas, and is 7 miles (11km) from downtown Houston. HOU covers an area of 1,304 acres (528 ha). It is operated by the Houston Airport System.

Airport Stats & Facts

  • It was closed after the opening of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and after several years it was reopened.
  • As of December 2017, HOU is the fifth largest airport in Southwest’s network.
  • In 2016, a terminal expansion began which was estimated to cost $156 million.
  • In 2019, Houston Airport served more than 14 million passengers.

Traveling Tips

  • Hobby Airport is busy during the morning hours between 7:00 am - 8:00 am and at night between 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • To account for TSA security wait times and any possible delays, arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight departure and 3 hours before an international flight departure.
  • Before heading to the airport for a flight, take a few minutes to look at the HOU Airport map.

Flight Status

Airport Terminals

Houston Hobby has 1 Central Concourse, terminal, and an International Terminal. To see the terminal location and for additional information, please refer to the HOU Terminal Map.

Central Concourse

This concourse has retail shops and eateries, and also a food court. There are 25 gates on the Central Concourse.

International Terminal

This terminal was opened in 2015. There are 5 gates on International Terminal and Southwest is the only airline using it.

Airlines Served

HOU Airport serves as a hub for Southwest Airlines. It also serves various other airlines including Delta Air Lines, American Eagle, and more.

View the full list of airlines served at HOU Airport.

Airport Parking

Short-Term and Long-Term Parking

Parking at HOU Airport is available at the terminals. From hourly and daily parking to long-term parking, there are various parking options at the Hobby Airport.

OffSite Parking:

Many parking lots offer affordable off-site parking near the Airport. Also, most of the off-site parking lots allow 24x7 access.

Ground Transportation

After arriving at the airport, passengers have many options for ground transport to their next destination. Some of the transportation options include airport shuttles, car rentals, and buses. In addition, many passengers also utilize ride services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis.

Airport Car Rental

Car Rentals are easily available at HOU. There are various car rental agencies onsite at the airport. Hertz, Enterprise, National, and other well-known car rental providers offer airport travelers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.

Buses & Trains

Public transportation is available from the airport to all major areas nearby. All means of transport are easily available outside of the airport.

Airport Shuttles

Airport Shuttle Services are a great way to travel from the Airport. With the availability of various shuttle services, you can get a ride to almost any nearby location.

Amenities & Services

To help you enjoy your stay, Hobby Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:

  • Restaurants, cafes, and bars
  • Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops
  • Shoeshine stations and massage bars
  • Multiple art installations and exhibits on display
  • Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the entire airport
  • Currency exchange

Passenger Pickup and Drop-off

  • Passengers can be picked up from Curb Zones 2 & 3 outside Baggage Claim/Arrivals Level.
  • Passengers can be dropped off outside the terminal, Departures Level, that is on Level 2

Contact Information

Address: 8183 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061, USA

Website: https://www.fly2houston.com/hou/overview/

Contact: (713) 640-3000 /fax 641-7703

Houston Hobby Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • In 1927, the Airport opened as a private landing field in a 600-acre pasture known as W.T. Carter Field.
  • In 1937, the site was acquired by the City of Houston and was named Houston Municipal Airport.
  • In 1938, the airport was renamed Howard R. Hughes Airport.
  • In 1940, the city of Houston opened a new terminal and hangar.
  • In 1943, the first three Women Air Force Service Pilots training classes were held at the airport.
  • In 1954, an expanded terminal building was opened.
  • In 1954, the airport was renamed Houston International Airport.
  • In 1959, HOU’s first scheduled jets were Delta Douglas DC-8s nonstop to New York.
  • In 1967, the airport was renamed after a former Texas Governor, William P. Hobby.
  • In 2011, Southwest Airlines expressed interest in initiating new international flights from Hobby.
  • On May 30, 2012, Houston’s city council approved Southwest’s request for flights from HOU Airport.
  • On October 15, 2015, an international terminal was opened and Southwest launched international flights the same day.

Maps, Airlines & Amenities

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Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) Terminals

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Houston Hobby Airport Q&A

Yes While the official name is William P. Hobby Airport, it is also known by its IATA code HOU.
Houston Airport is a hub for Southwest Airlines.
Located in Houston, Texas, the HOU airport is 7 miles (11km) from downtown Houston.
Passengers are permitted to sleep in the airport. It remains open 24 hours a day and visitors can stay inside overnight. We also recommend these awesome HOU layover ideas.
Being a reasonably sized US airport, you can fly to many cities directly from Hobby Airport, or connect to other worldwide destinations. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can fly from the airport.

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