Repeat offender believed to be suspect behind several auto thefts at Hobby, Bush airports
Houston police are searching for a group of people they believe are behind several auto thefts at both Hobby and Bush airports. Police believe a 23-year-old, identified as Joe Aguirre, committed some of the crimes.
Pappas files lawsuit against city following controversial awarding of Hobby concessions contract
The dispute at Hobby Airport between the Pappas Family and the City of Houston will continue outside of city hall. The new venue will be a Harris County courtroom after the family filed a 269-page lawsuit on Tuesday over the awarding of the recent concessions package at the airport.
Hobby Airport food fight ends with vote pushing out Pappas
The city of Houston awarded a lucrative Hobby Airport concessions contract to a new company, pushing out Pappas restaurant amid much debate. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and 10 other council members voted “yes” in favor of awarding the contract, with six voting “no.”
City controller asks OIG to investigate Houston Airports System’s director over $760,000 in fines waived for concessionaires
Houston City Controller Chris Brown is calling for the Office of Inspector General to open an investigation into the manner in which Houston Airports System Director Mario Diaz settled liquidated damages with a concessionaire and their partner, who has ties to former Director City Council Relations William Paul Thomas, who was convicted in federal court back in July for conspiracy tied to bribes.
Ground stop lifted at Hobby Airport after runway lighting issue resolved, officials say
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop at William P. Hobby Airport Monday evening as airport personnel work to resolve an issue with the lighting system on a runway, according to airport officials.
Hobby Airport update: All flights resume after water issues caused cancellations, other issues
HOUSTON – An airport official says all flights to Hobby Airport will resume after water issues forced officials to cancel or divert all flights Wednesday afternoon. Foti Kallergis, director of Communications & Public Relations for Houston Airports, said workers were trying to restore water to a limited capacity to the airport. “Our team is manually providing non-consumable water to airport restrooms from mobile water storage tanks,” Kallergis said in a statement. “We are working to restore water — in a limited capacity— to the entire airport.”Thursday morning, officials for Hobby Airport shared a tweet that said water had been successfully restored. Our crews worked all through the night to successfully restored water —in a limited capacity —to Hobby Airport,” the tweet said.
Illinois woman to be reunited with special bracelet lost in Hobby Airport
HOUSTON – An Illinois woman is thankful after a bracelet containing her late mother’s ashes was found in Hobby Airport. “I lost my mom on Christmas Eve so I had not had the bracelet very long.”After she lost the bracelet, Fisher and her family had flooded social media in the hopes someone would find the bracelet. Coincidentally, Arizona happens to be Evelyn’s special place, where she asked that her ashes be spread. “We’re going to all go together and spread ashes in Sedona,” said Fisher. She says she’s thankful the lost bracelet wound up in the hands of someone, who would recognize that it was important to someone else.
Bracelet appearing to hold loved one’s ashes found at Hobby Airport. Can you help find its owner?
The bracelet found at Hobby Airport, as published on social media by Desiree Encinas. HOUSTON – Could you help find the owner of a bracelet that was found at Houston’s Hobby Airport? A post that has been shared on social media is asking for help returning the special bracelet to its rightful owner. The original Facebook post shows a bracelet that appears to contain a loved one’s ashes inside a heart-shaped container that is engraved with a thumbprint. Encinas said she thinks someone will know something and she soon will get the special bracelet back to the right person.
Father, daughter meet for the first time after 50 years
HOUSTON – It was an emotional reunion for one Tomball, Texas father and his daughter, who were separated at her birth and then came together again after 50 years. Winski’s daughter, Kerri Beggs, said at the age of 19, she began a quest to find her biological father. Beggs, who now lives in Tucson, Arizona, took a plane to Hobby Airport on Friday, a flight that was delayed. For the first time after a lifetime of missing each other, the father and daughter embraced each other. For the last four months, I’ve been looking forward to this day.”Added Winski, “She’s my little girl.
New hop-on jet service takes off: Houston to Dallas for just $99
HOUSTON – “Hop-on” jet service, JSX is cutting the time it takes to travel from Houston to Dallas. With JSX, Texans can forget the hassle and experience the luxury of no crowds, a private terminal and business class legroom – starting at just $99 each way. The jet service began offering travel between Houston and Dallas on Friday. In anticipation of the busy holiday season, JSX is offering daily roundtrip service between private terminals at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport and Dallas Love Field. Flights can be booked online or through the JSX app.
‘The Blob’ coming to 1940 Air Terminal Museum: What you need to know
HOUSTON – The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is hosting a drive-in movie showing Saturday ahead of Halloween. The museum, located at Hobby Airport, will show the movie “The Blob” starring Steve McQueen in his debut role. The museum is encouraging attendees via a Facebook event post to purchase their ticket in advance as they have a limited amount of space available so COVID-19 protocols and social distancing can be followed. Admission is $25 per vehicle and $20 for museum members and refreshments will be available for purchase. The drive-in movie will begin at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance, click here.
New Houston Botanic Garden is 132-acres of plants, hiking trails, water features and more
HOUSTON – Time to add another safe, and fun local outdoor activity to your to-do list! We’re talking about the brand-new Houston Botanic Garden, located off I-45 just across from Hobby Airport. It’s a 132-acre plant museum with hiking trails, water features, and a family discovery center, and it opens this Friday. Here are some of the weekends to look forward to:Sept. 18, 19, and 20 – Celebrating Latin AmericaOct. 2, 3, and 4 – Celebrating AsiaOct. 16, 17, and 18 – Celebrating AfricaOct. 30, 31, and November 1 – Celebrating The MediterraneanVisitors are encouraged to buy tickets online at Houston Botanic Garden. Watch Lauren Kelly and President/General Counsel Claudia Gee Vassar give us a special sneak peek.
Hurricane Laura evacuees staying in Houston hotels being transitioned to other cities across the state
Like many others that evacuated to Houston following Hurricane Laura, they checked into local hotels with the costs covered by the state through Friday. If families need help with transportation, the Red Cross can help them get there. The TDEM said displaced families that still need help need to call a hotline number so that everything can be processed. ”We do thank Houston. I do thank Texas.
Investigation underway after man found shot to death at SE Houston apartment
HOUSTON Houston police are investigating a deadly shooting at an apartment complex near Hobby Airport. Officers responded to a reported shooting around 7 p.m. at the Broadway Casa Apartments Tuesday night, Lt. Larry Crowson said. First responders found a man dead in the courtyard of the complex, Crowson said. The residents reported hearing several gunshots and then they called us that the male was deceased in the courtyard, he said. Investigators said it is unknown if the man lived at the complex.
Man drives to Walgreens after being shot in SE Houston; search for suspect underway: Police
HOUSTON Police said they are searching for a suspect who shot a man near a Walgreens by Hobby Airport, where people are waiting in line to get tested for COVID-19. Officers said the incident happened near the 8300 block of Broadway at around 3:50 a.m. Authorities said the gunshot victim drove over a sidewalk, through bushes and crashed into a truck, then called out for his mother. According to police, the victim also crashed into someone who was in the line waiting to be tested. Police said they are now looking for the suspect responsible for the shooting after they said he fled the scene.
This is how big venues, airports in Houston are protecting against spread of coronavirus
HOUSTON – A number of large venues across Houston from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport to the Toyota Center are taking steps to combat the coronavirus. “We know a lot of people travel through our airports, so we really want to emphasize our message, and just to do our part,” said Houston Airport System spokesperson Augusto Bernal. There are eight total coronavirus cases in the Houston area — three confirmed cases and five presumptive positive cases. Here is the official statement from the Toyota Center:The Houston Rockets and Toyota Center have implemented preventive measures recommended by the NBA and local and national healthcare professionals. Toyota Center has enhanced the cleaning and disinfection process of the facility between events.
HPD officer resigns after being charged with sexual assault of a minor
HOUSTON – A 10-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, who was most recently assigned to Hobby Airport, has been charged with felony sexual assault of a child. Navid Ashraf, 41, is accused of having sex with a minor who was engaged in prostitution. According to the court filing, Ashraf paid at least $180 for the sexual experiences, which allegedly took place at a motel in the 8800 block of Airport Boulevard near Hobby Airport. According to court documents, the encounter took place in September. The situation came to light when the minor was later picked up for prostitution in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to court records.
Allegiant to start service from Hobby and is offering $33 one-way flights to celebrate
Allegiant will start flying from Hobby Airport and will include flights to four destinations along with a $33 one-way ticket promotion. The new seasonal routes from Hobby include:Knoxville, Tennessee via McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – beginning May 21 with fares as low as $33. Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – beginning May 22 with fares as low as $33. Savannah, Georgia via Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) – beginning May 28 with fares as low as $33. Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida via Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) – beginning June 5 with fares as low as $33.
Hobby Airport beats out Bush Intercontinental Airport for domestic travel to Houston, report finds
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