Houston Hobby Airport
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- 7800 Airport Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77061
- United States
- Other airports serving Houston
- Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
William P Hobby Airport (Houston Hobby Airport) is the second-largest airport serving the metropolitan area of Houston, Texas, USA. The airport is located seven miles (13km) southeast of central Houston, and served approximately 8.5 million passengers in 2009. Houston Hobby serves only destinations in the US, with all international services based at the larger George Bush Intercontinental Airport on the other side of the city. Owned and operated by the City of Houston Department of Aviation, Houston Hobby is served by six airlines, of which Southwest is the largest operator.
Location of Houston Hobby Airport, United States
Ground Handlers servicing Houston Hobby Airport
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Southwest Airlines aims to realise its goal of dismantling AirTran’s hub in Atlanta in Nov-2013 as a means to bolster local passengers at the airport in the hopes of improving Atlanta’s performance. The declaration that Atlanta will officially become a point-to-point operation completes efforts by Southwest to eliminate unprofitable flow-through routes and concentrate on areas where it, along with AirTran, has relative strength.
After completing its acquisition of AirTran in May-2011, Southwest set its sights on network optimisation between the two carriers. The exercise essentially resulted in many small markets being eliminated from AirTran’s network and Southwest’s determination that Atlanta would perform more effectively in the combined network through the adoption of Southwest’s point-to-point route management strategy.
JetBlue targets leisure travellers from Worcester while expansion in Boston & the Caribbean continue
JetBlue Airways is sticking to its strongholds of Boston and San Juan for new route roll-outs during 2013, but it is also introducing flights from Worcester, which is 74km west of its Boston focus city. The move appears to somewhat replicate what JetBlue has done in Newburgh Stewart Airport New York – introducing flights from a smaller market near one of its larger bases to the leisure markets of Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
While service to Worcester may seem a bit odd, the airport has been engaged with JetBlue intensely in an effort to restore service after Direct Air ended its scheduled flights from the airport in May-2012. During the last decade Worcester has faced challenges in sustaining direct flights, but the airport is now operated by Massport, which is the operator of JetBlue’s growing focus city in Boston. Given JetBlue’s established relationship with Massport, and the reported incentives the carrier is receiving to launch service in Nov-2013, the new flights are likely low risk for the carrier.
Executives at Southwest Airlines are remaining cautious even as the carrier recorded a healthy 42% increase in 2Q2012 profits on a nearly 12% rise in revenue. But the carrier’s cost creep continued throughout the first six months of 2012, and Southwest warns of rising unit costs throughout the remainder of the year. The anticipated cost pressure coupled with uncertain domestic economic trends have led Southwest to remain subdued in its outlook even as demand and pricing continue to remain strong.
Southwest’s 2Q2012 performance was strong across all the key financial metrics as net income increased from USD161 million to USD228 million year-over-year. Operating revenues increased from USD4 billion to nearly USD5 billion, aided by a 5% rise in average fares to USD150. The carrier also reported a impressive 122% jump in operating income during 2Q2012 to USD407 million. Southwest’s performance during the quarter was a marked improvement from the USD18 million net loss and 90% drop in operating income the carrier recorded in 1Q2012.
United Airlines is beginning a threatened 10% capacity reduction from its Houston Intercontinental hub (IAH) in Sep-2012 through the elimination of mostly small markets served by 50-seat regional jets and long-haul service to Paris. The carrier is following through on a pledge to reduce its footprint at its largest US hub following a politicised decision by Houston City Council to allow international flights from Hobby Airport, which currently only serves domestic destinations.
United and Southwest spent nearly all of 1H2012 attempting to convince the city of Houston that their respective stances on international expansion at Hobby would produce the most favourable economic outcomes. In the end Houston sided with Southwest, giving the carrier authorisation to push forward with the development of a new terminal at Hobby to support international service to Latin America and the Caribbean for a targeted 2015 launch. The city dismissed United’s arguments that international passenger spill to Hobby would be detrimental, and pressure the carrier’s performance on international routes from IAH.
A decision by Houston City Council to allow Southwest Airlines to press forward with the 2015 launch of international flights from Hobby Airport is a vote that the new service will blunt United’s threatened cuts from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which could result in a capacity reduction of up to 10% at the largest hub in United’s network. United will also axe plans to introduce long-haul flights, including to Auckland, but United is using Southwest's win as an excuse to make these overdue network changes.
The battle between Southwest, United and the City of Houston flared earlier this year as Southwest approached the Houston Airport System (HAS) to conduct a feasibility study examining the development of a new terminal at Hobby to accommodate short-haul international flights from the airport to Mexico, Central and South America.
Studies carried out on behalf of the Houston Airport System (HAS) to examine the viability of international flights from Houston Hobby airport contemplate a two-phased introduction of 12 markets to Mexico and Central America. Southwest Airlines is pushing for facilities at Hobby to support international flights, but research conducted shows that Mexican low cost carriers VivaAerobus and Volaris would also have an interest to operate international service from Hobby. It is not surprising United has mounted vehement opposition to Southwest’s campaign, as it enjoys majority carrier status in most of those markets with its service offerings from Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Earlier this year Southwest asked Houston Airport System (HAS) to conduct a feasibility study for the addition of a five-gate terminal at Houston Hobby Airport to support international flights. Houston is Southwest’s sixth largest city based on daily departures, and the city’s geographical location makes it an ideal destination for short-haul international flights to Mexico and Central and South America. Data in the study conducted on behalf of HAS show that Houston was the point of entry for 64% of Mexican visitors travelling by air to the US in 2010. Through its acquisition of AirTran, previously domestic-only Southwest is gaining knowledge of international operations now that it is managing AirTran’s network, which includes flights to the Caribbean and Central America.
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