New international terminal at Hobby Airport set to open

By Mark Boyle - Reporter

HOUSTON - The brand new $156 million international terminal at Hobby Airport is ready for business and is set to open in just a few days.

A sneak peek inside reveals new restaurants, bars and an expansive seating area at the gates.

Southwest Airlines executives and airport workers said they are ready for opening day.

"Houston is a very thriving city, a very thriving economy, and it appears to us that there are tremendous opportunities for air travel growth and what's really exciting is that it's beyond the borders of the U.S.," said CEO Gary Kelly.

Southwest will offer daily flights to destinations including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Belize, San Jose Costa Rica and Mexico City.

"I would love to look ahead over the next 15 years with Houston as one of our cornerstones and hope to continue to grow Southwest," Kelly said.

The airline CEO said he expect to see additional domestic destinations and short haul flights returning as well in the near future as growth continues.

Starting Nov. 1, Liberia, Costa Rica and Montego Bay will be added to destinations serviced out of the airport.

"If energy prices stay relatively low and we are able to keep our fares low and very nice travel growth, Houston will benefit significantly," Kelly said.

The first daily nonstop international flight is set for next Thursday out of Hobby to Cancun, Mexico.

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