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Houston to Gain Another International Airport

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Today, by virtue of 16-1 vote by the Houston City Council, the City of Houston will become home to two international airports.

Southwest Airlines will pay $100 million to build five international gates and a customs processing facility at William P. Hobby Airport.  As part of the agreement with the City of Houston, Southwest will control four of the gates, rent free, when they begin international flights in 2015.

United Airlines, which inherited Continental Airlines lead airline status at Bush Intercontinental Airport, didn’t take the news lying down and they immediately announced cuts to their operations in Houston. Those cuts will amount to 1,300 jobs and various routes and flights canceled.

United Airlines has been outspoken in their opposition to Houston making Hobby Airport an international facility, since Bush Intercontinental Airport was Houston’s original international airport. United, also may cancel a $700 million dollar expansion at Bush Intercontinental’s Terminal B.

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