5 February 2014
According to a 2013 year-end traffic report released by the Houston Airport System, passenger traffic has risen to record-setting levels in two key areas: overall passenger traffic reached an all-time high at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and international traffic at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) reached levels never before seen in its 45-year history.
The combined passenger totals from both airport facilities is up 1.2 percent over 2012, from 50.3 million passengers to 50.9 million passengers in 2013.
The record-setting passenger total recorded at Hobby Airport in 2013 represents the fourth consecutive year that a new passenger record has been set. Passenger traffic increased by 6.4 percent, from 10.4 million in 2012 to 11.1 million in 2013. Demand for travel from Hobby Airport is growing at a steady pace and has increased 34 percent in 10 years, an increase of almost three million passengers since 2004.
The increase in international travel can be attributed to a number of factors, one of which is the arrival of new international air carriers. Air China and Turkish Airlines both launched nonstop service in Houston in 2013, flying to Beijing and Istanbul respectively. Air China recently expanded their Beijing route, moving from four flights per week to daily service.