A new international terminal at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport would come up soon. The work on the new terminal recently started with Southwest Airlines breaking ground on September 30, 2013, marking the official start of construction on the $156 million project.
Southwest Airlines said that after the completion the five-gate facility would be accommodating regional international flights for the airline, with services being offered out of here to destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the northern cities of South America.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who was present at the ground breaking ceremony along with local and state dignitaries as well as Southwest Airlines employees, said that Houston residents and those in nearby areas would be benefited in several ways with the establishing of international air service at William P. Hobby Airport. Parker said that the international air service would significantly increase competition, boost the local economy, and strengthen the already existing ties with Latin America. The Mayor said that the best thing about the start of this international air service is that it comes at no expense to the Houston taxpayer.
Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, said that the construction of the new international terminal is a momentous occasion for the airline. He said that though literally breaking ground at Hobby Airport has taken place, but the company is in fact charting a new territory and for low-cost and high-value air travel. This will be Southwest Airline’s first international terminal in its 43-year-old history.