HISTORY - Houston Hobby Airport
Houston's 2nd busiest airport!

June 24, 1927 "WT Carter Field" opens for business, on 400 acres of land owned by WT Carter Jr.
1937 City of Houston purchases airport, changes name to "Houston Municipal Airport".
1938 Renamed "Howard Hughes Airport", after the famous aviator and businessman.
1938 Name changed back to "Houston Municipal Airport", due to legal & regulatory problems.
1940 A modern passenger terminal, control tower, and hangers opened.  These are now part of the "1940 Terminal Museum".
1954 Name changed to" Houston International Airport", and new passenger terminal opens.
1967 Name changed to "William P. Hobby Airport".
1969 All passenger flights move to the new George Bush Intercontinental Airport. General aviation and air-cargo traffic continues at Hobby Airport.
1971 Passenger flight resume at Hobby Airport.

January 2004

Houston Hobby's 1940 Air Terminal Museum opens in the old terminal buildings.

September 2008

Houston Hobby Airport became a central staging area for emergency services, before and after Hurrican Ike. TSA, FEMA, and Army Corp of Engineers were involved in the efforts.

March 25, 2010

As part of the airport's terminal renovation project, several major pieces of new artwork were installed at Houston Hobby.

April 12, 2010

A security breach was reported at Hobby Airport, when a man ran from security agents at the passenger terminal. The airport was closed for about 30 minutes, until the man was apprehended.

May 14, 2010

Homeland Security announces that Full-body security scanners will be installed at Houston Hobby Airport. These devices remain controversial, due to concerns about privacy.

May 17, 2010

Branson AirExpress began offering service from Houston to Branson, Missouri. 1-888-359-2541

May 30, 2012 Houston City Council approves Southwest Airline's proposal to begin international flights from Houston Hobby airport in 2015.
May 2013 Construction begins on the new International Terminal at Hobby.  The new terminal will have gates for 5 aircraft, with custom inspection facilities for international travelers.
July 2, 2013 Frontier Airlines will begin offering nonstop air service between Delaware's New Castle Airport (ILG) and Houston's William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Aircraft will be Airbus A320.
Oct. 2015 SouthWest Airlines began international flights on March 9, 2015 to Aruba.  Hobby Airport's new International Terminal opened in October, 2015.
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