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“Growth Spurt”

(Passenger Terminal World, March 2013)

Houston Airport System has unveiled ambitious plans to expand Hobby International Airport

Houston Airport System (HAS) has revealed its expansion plans for William P Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas; work will take place over the next two years and will vastly extend the airport's facilities.

The plans, which were unveiled in a presentation on 4 February 2013, include construction of a 2,600 square m² two-level terminal building, expansion of the ticket counter to 37m, an additional six security lanes in the security checkpoint, five new arrival and departure gates for Boeing 737 and A318-320 aircraft, and a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility for international travellers.

The FIS facility will have its own baggage claim and 16 passport inspection stations, and will allow for 400 to 800 passengers to travel through it during peak hours.

The US$150m (£95.7m) project is being funded by Southwest Airlines, which in return will receive preferential scheduling rights and will operate from four of the five new gates rent-free. The fifth additional gate and the customs facility will be available for use by all other airlines operating at the airport, and they will pay rent.

Growth Spurt
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