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.
TSA Airport Security Workers Don't Undergo Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
Curiously, it turns out one of those groups of workers — airport security staff — aren’t being checked out for high temperatures or other coronavirus symptoms before they come to work each day despite being in close quarters with travelers. That includes frontline TSA security screeners, who like their fellow employees aren’t required to be tested for coronavirus. But despite those precautions, plenty of TSA employees at Houston’s two major airports have come down with COVID-19 in the past several months. At George Bush Airport, 95 TSA employees have reported testing positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, 85 of whom were TSA security screening officers. Down south at Hobby Airport, 25 TSA workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 22 security screeners.houstonpress.com
Houston airports suffering amid less holiday travel and COVID-19
HOUSTON – Holiday weekend travel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport is down dramatically from past years. “This is going to be our peak of number of passengers since April,” said Houston Airport System spokesperson Augusto Bernal. However, TSA data shows only 87,000 passengers traveled by plane on April 14. As of this morning, the airport system showed 60% of parking available at both major airports. “Unfortunately a lot has been shut down, a lot has been closed,” said Rob Wigington, the Executive Director of Airport Restaurant and Retail Association.
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LIST: These are all the air carriers that have resumed international flights out of Houston airports
HOUSTON – More than a dozen air carriers have restarted service of international flights from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport, according to a release from Houston Airports. “The latest air carrier service restorations from Air France, Qatar Airways, and United Airlines on Sept. 2 mark Houston’s significant rebound in connectivity to European, Middle Eastern and Latin American destinations,” officials wrote in a press release. “Nearly two-thirds of the airlines providing international service at George Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby airport (HOU) have now been restored following a sharp decline of air service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”The following carriers have restarted their international services to and from Houston:“We are an international city with an economy that thrives on global connectivity,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in the release. “These significant steps in restoring air service will help Houston begin to recover from the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. I can assure you that this meaningful and significant restoration of international air-service is being matched with a strong emphasis on safety.”These are the destinations Houstonians can fly to due to the resumption of service:
Airports face financial impact from coronavirus pandemic
Just two months ago, the Houston Airport System touted a record year with 59 million passengers moving through George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport in 2019. Airport operations rely on passenger facility charges, better known as a PFC. Every time a Houston-area passenger books a flight through one of the Houston airports, $4.50 of the ticket price goes back to the airport system. “Let me say the airport system has done a pretty good job establishing a meaningful reserve, I believe it’s $500 million,” Turner said. On March 17, KPRC 2 was provided with an email from a high ranking city official showing numerous airport projects were being deferred or canceled.
Crews respond to hangar fire at Hobby Airport, officials say
HOUSTON – Fire crews responded to a hangar fire at William P. Hobby Airport Saturday morning. The fire was reported at a hangar on Nelms Street. The hangar sustained minimal smoke damage but did not sustain any structural damage, according to an official with the Houston Airport System. There were no aircraft in the hangar , according to the official. The fire did not impact airport operations or traffic.
Hobby Airport beats out Bush Intercontinental Airport for domestic travel to Houston, report finds
1, while the San Antonio International Airport came in at No. Ontario International Airport - Ontario, California8. Sacramento International Airport - Sacramento, California9. San Antonio International Airport - San Antonio, Texas10. Portland International Airport - Portland, OregonClick here to view the full report and methodology.
Turner signs executive order to give all airport employees $12 minimum wage by 2021
KPRCHOUSTON - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an executive order Wednesday to give all Houston airport employees a higher minimum wage. By the order, all employees including subcontractors at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Airport will get a minimum wage of $10.39 an hour and eventually get to $12 an hour by 2021. Turner said at that point, they will explore raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. At present, all Houston city employees get a $12 minimum wage which is considerably higher than the Texas minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Turner said the order will expand this policy to include employees at the three airports including people working subcontractors to the airlines and concessionaires.
JetBlue airline to relocate from William P. Hobby Airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport
A new airline will soon soar into the Lake Houston area, as JetBlue announced in a June 27 news release it intends to relocate from the William P. Hobby Airport in southeast Houston to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. JetBlue regularly evaluates network performance, demand and customer feedback to strengthen its focus city strategy, the statement read. The move to Bush Intercontinental is aimed at strengthening JetBlues relevance in New York and Boston, while also growing the carriers customer base in Houston where travelers love the airlines award-winning service and competitive fares to and from the Northeast.JetBlues last flight from the Hobby Airport will be Oct. 26, and flights from IAH will begin taking off from Terminal A on Oct. 27, according to the release. JetBlue customers who had already booked a Hobby Airport flight after Oct. 27 will be automatically rebooked at IAH. However, customers can also request a full refund on flights scheduled after the transition date, according to the release.communityimpact.com