William P. Hobby Airport celebrated 80 years of operation in 2007. As the smaller of the two airports serving the Houston market, it is the older of Houston's airports. Originally opened in 1927, it has served as the main commercial airport, the home for general and private aviation uses and more recently and low-cost carrier hub for the Houston region.
The airport serves all US destinations, and is a destination for both domestic flights and international flights from Mexico. The many low cost carriers at Hobby serve to drive most of the flight volume. Southwest has a major presence at the facility, averaging more than 10 flights per day per Southwest gate. The low cost focus has helped keep traffic at Hobby steady as the low cost industry is at the moment somewhat less volatile than the mainline carriers.
William P. Hobby Airport has four runways, with one main terminal serving all flights. There are five concourses. Nearly nine million passengers go through the airport annually. Shopping and dining options are available in the main terminal. The airport operates as a for-profit enterprise fund, and doesn't use any taxpayer money to support the airport. This keeps it as a very customer focused enterprise.
There are about 4,000 parking spaces at the airport. The Harris County Metro Transit system services the airport, and the stop is located at Curbzone 13. There are additional bus and shuttle services operated out of the baggage claim area. This services target Galveston, College Station and other locations outside the Houston Metro area. Some run on fixed schedules, while others can be chartered from baggage.
Super Shuttle services to and from the airport are available from throughout the Houston area. Most hotels also either run their own courtesy vans or partner to offer shuttle services to the airport. All Taxis are located at Curb Zone 3.
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