The Airports of Houston, Texas

Being as large as it is, Texas has a number of populous cities. Out of these, some may feel the Dallas-Fort Worth area is the bigges. However, with over two million people, Houston is the largest. Not only in Texas but also in the Southern United States.

Arriving by air

Houston is so big that it’s supported by two international airports. William P. Hobby (HOU) is located in southern Houston and is close to locations like NASA’s Space Center. George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) is 20 miles from the heart of downtown. Together, both airports serve over 180 cities across the globe.

George Bush International

Of the two, IAH ranks third with domestic and international non-stop flights. On the average, there are 700 daily departures. Approximately 43 million domestic passengers come and go through IAH on an annual basis. Airlines that service the airport include Air Canada, Delta, United, US Airways, and VivaAerobus.

Hobby International

Acquired by the city in 1937, Hobby serves about 12 million passengers on an annual basis. Despite being the smaller Houston airport, it is one of the largest hubs for Southwest Airlines.

Airport transportation

Besides the ongoing traffic problems of a large city, getting to and from IAH or HOU is not a problem. With direct access off of the area’s interstate highway system, residents of Houston and the surrounding suburbs have access via public transportation, taxis, airport shuttles, and ride share companies. Rates for these vary depending on the location of departure. People arriving at either airport have the above options as well. In addition, most nationally-known rental agencies offer vehicles. For those traveling a farther distance, the Gulf Coast as an example, there are other options. For example, services like the Galveston Shuttle take passengers out to the city-island of Galveston. Similar to above, rates depend on the destination, the number traveling, and the vehicle. For instance, a large party might need a shuttle bus or coach to get them to their destination. In any situation, reach out to the transportation ahead of time for rates and times. thegalvestonshuttle.com