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    Choose Hobby Airport

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Get Your Plane On!

    Houston has 2 airports, Bush Intercontinental (IAH), and Hobby (HOU). Bush Intercontinental is by far the bigger of the 2, and the one that serves international flights. But Hobby is a lot closer to the center of town, and being smaller, is much less congested. When flying in or out of Houston, in most cases Hobby is the much easier and time saving option between the two. Bush is located about 30-45 minutes north of downtown (possibly more depending on traffic), yet Hobby is just 10-15 minutes southeast of downtown (again, possbly longer in traffic). So unless you are heading to or from somewhere on the northside of town or northern outlying areas, flying in or out of Hobby can be a lot less of a headache. If you are coming in on or have an international flight, than this tip does not apply. Hobby is actually a hub of Southwest Airlines, with many flights in and out of Houston from most major cities in the U.S. everyday. So if you have a choice of airports in Houston, for most cases, choose Hobby.

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    Houston's Airports

    by XenoHumph Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Astronaut Texan Cow at Bush Int'l Airport, Houston

    There are 2 main airports in Houston:

    George Bush Intercontinental
    It is the largest airport of Houston, and where the international flights arrive and depart from.
    -Location: 23 miles North of Houston, exit JF Kennedy Blvd on Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Freeway).
    -Aircode: IAH
    -Airlines: it is the main hub for Continental Airlines (Phone: 1-800-523-3273). List of all airlines (does not include the 10 cargo airlines):
    AeroMexico (800-237-6639)
    Air Canada (888-247-2262)
    Air France (800-237-2747)
    Air Jamaica (800-523-558)
    American Trans Air (800-435-9282)
    America West (800-235-9292)
    American Airlines (800-433-7300)
    American Connection (800-433-7300)
    Atlantic Southeast Airlines (800-221-1212)
    Aviacsa (800-237-6396)
    British Airways (800-247-9297)
    Cayman Airways (800-422-9626)
    Comair (800-354-9822)
    Continental Airlines (800-523-3273)
    Continental Express (800-523-3273)
    Delta Air Lines (800-221-1212)
    Frontier Airlines (800-432-1359)
    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (800-374-7747)
    Lufthansa (800-645-3880)
    Northwest Airlines (800-225-2525)
    SkyWest (800-221-1212)
    Southwest Airlines (800-435-9792)
    TACA (800-535-8780)
    United Airlines (800-241-6522)
    USAirways (800-428-4322)
    -Terminals: there are 5. Terminal D is the international one.

    Hobby Airport
    This smaller airport is practical if you are flying from/to the US and want to go in the Southern part of Houston, for example, in the Clear Lake area where NASA-Johnson Space Center is located.
    Location: 7 miles South of Houston. Exit Airport Blvd on Freeway I-45 South.
    -Aircode: HOU
    -Airlines:
    AirTran Airlines (800-247-8726)
    American Airlines (800-433-7300)
    American Eagle (800-433-7300)
    Atlantic Southeast Airlines (800-221-1212)
    Comair (800-354-9822)
    Delta Air Lines (800-221-1212)
    Southwest Airlines (800-435-9792)

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    Houston Airports (2)

    by XenoHumph Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Finally, there is a military Airforce base/leisure airport, Ellington Field
    -Location: about 15 miles South of Houston. Exit Clear Lake City Blvd from Freeway I-45 South. Go East on Highway 3 to the North for a few miles.
    -Airport Code: EFD
    -Highlights:
    Air show "Wings over Houston" every year in October.
    Piloting lessons available ( Lentz Flying Services & Cliff Hyde Flying Services).
    Noisy military jets flying around.
    -Official Users:
    Southwest Airport Services?(281-484-6551)
    Confederate Air Force (Gulf Coast Wing; 281-484-0098)
    Continental Express (800-523-3273)
    NASA (281-483-0123)
    Texas Air National Guard (281-929-2110)
    Texas Army National Guard (281-929-2332)
    Lentz Flying Services (281-922-6181)
    Cliff Hyde Flying Service (281-464-6524)
    United Parcel Service (281-929-3500)
    U.S. Coast Guard (281-481-0025)

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    Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Houston is the home to Continental Airlines, which is one of the largest carriers serving Houston Intercontinental Airport. IAH is located 20 miles north of downtown Houston, so make sure to take that into consideration when considering which flight to take in the morning. It is also a very large airport, so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time.

    There are several carriers that service Houston, most of which are domestic.

    The international carriers are Air France, British Airways, Cayman Airlines, China Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, and AeroMexico.

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    Houston Hobby Airport

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    With a city as large as Houston, two airports become a necessity. In 1969, the IAH airport was opened to alleviate the pressure of Hobby Airport.

    Hobby services 55 cities directly now, and is a major hub for Southwest Airlines, although Southwest does not actually run "hubs".

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    Houston IAH-Bush Airport

    by BruceDunning Written Nov 29, 2011

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    View of airport

    This is a sprawling complex that goes around in a circular manner for about one mile. It seems rather easy to get from place to place inside, with a central focal point for check in. Still, be prepared for some walking and time spent to get to your gates.

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    Frontier Airlines

    by LaceyAdkisson Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Going to Houston I flew Frontier Airlines. I was very pessimistic at first because it was so cheap, I thought I would have tight seats, no TV ect... But I was wrong! It was a very nice experience and that's coming from someone that had to deal with the airport at 5am! When I walked on board I was pleasantly surprised when I saw small TV's for every flier on the back of the seats. They also had a very comfortable head rest attached to every chair. you could fold up the sides making it easier to sleep without getting a neck cramp.
    The flight was very quite and they make it as dark as possible that early so people can sleep. I actually slept pretty well!
    Baggage claim was also very fast. Usually it takes FOREVER, but by the time I got across the airport my luggage was out. I was very pleased! :)
    And last but certainly not least, they have cute animals on the back of each wing of every plane I flew the fox, I just thinks its really cute :) I would fly with them again!

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    U.S. Airways

    by LaceyAdkisson Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Going From Houston to Texas I flew U.S. Airways. I was actually optimistic going in to this flight, thinking they are sometimes pricey so must have a good airplane. I was WRONG it was the worst flight I've ever been on! It was a very small plane with two seats on either side. Like 50% of the plane I was in the isle, and lets just say the man next to me was not small. This was a 6am flight which mean I was trying to sleep, anyone and everyone that needed to get up to use the restroom, stretch their legs or flight attendant serving drinks, they would hit me every time they walked by and it would waken me from my awkward sleep position.
    Once the flight landed 3 LONG hours later it was time to switch planes. But the time I landed was the time I was suppose to board my next flight! And the flight attendant had put more than half of the planes bags underneath since the cargo was so small and we all had to wait 20 min to get our carry on and RUN to the next terminal. It was all the way on the other side of the airport! I barely made my flight.
    U.S. Airways is by far the worst airlines I've ever traveled with.

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    You will either fly into...

    by Jmill42 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You will either fly into Houston Hobby or International airports. Both are pretty good. Hobby has a contract with Southwest Airlines, and they are almost always the cheapest (if they are contracted with a certain airport). Both are relatively convenient to the city, Hobby to the south, Intl. to the north.
    Dear God, the only thing I can say about getting around in Houston is, 'Pack your Valium and leave early.' Houston traffic sucks. It might have the worst traffic of any city I have ever been in.

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    Metro Airport Direct

    by cochinjew Updated Apr 4, 2011

    With the Airport Direct you can reach downtown Houston in 30 minutes. Q 30 minutes a bus leaves Terminal C at IAH and within thirty minutes you are at the downtown Airport Passenger Plaza.
    the cost is 15 usd and it is a bargain if you are travelling alone..

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    LH from FRF to IAH

    by cochinjew Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I had prebooked my seat 4G i think it was, by the window , i foolishly changed it to 10 D which was on the second cabin and also slightly less comfortable. The food and service were superb.
    the lesson learned is sit on a two seat arrangement rather than a three seat arrangement, which many of the european airlines seem to have.
    arrived on time and within minutes i was out of the immigration and customs as i went through the Global Entry.
    www.lufthansa.com

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    Super Shuttle!

    by Greatwalk0 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    IAH is quite far from the Houston city center (more than 30+ minutes by car without traffic). When arriving into IAH, I would strongly reccomend using the airport's Super Shuttle service - a shared shuttle service from the airport to any location in Houston - over a taxi option. Super Shuttle is inexpensive (we paid $34) and is quite efficient. The shuttle is shared by, at most, two other stops, so, while not as fast as a taxi, it is fast enough. My wife and I were both very satisfied with price and service!

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    Hobby Airport

    by grandmaR Written Jul 6, 2013
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    Hobby Airport is the smaller or the two Houston airports. In 1937, as Houston began its ascent to become the energy capital of the world, the city acquired the site of its first major airport, William P. Hobby Airport. It is 7 miles South of Houston. Exit Airport Blvd on Freeway I-45 South. Since I was flying to Houston on Southwest, and flying from there to Florida on AirTran, Hobby was the airport that I used.

    The wheelchair man who pushed my chair (his name was Paul) said that his company did all the passenger assistance at Hobby - it wasn't done by the individual airlines. From experience, this is a much better system.

    They came on the loudspeaker saying that the Baltimore bags might take awhile because there were so many of them, but the plane was going on to Phoenix and they had said the on-ground time was to be only 40 minutes. I had seen two huge carts of bags for the new people to be loaded so I knew they were going to be moving as fast as possible, and sure enough the loudspeaker lady said that it wasn't going to be so long and bags started to arrive.

    AirTran Airlines (800-247-8726)
    American Airlines (800-433-7300)
    American Eagle (800-433-7300)
    Atlantic Southeast Airlines (800-221-1212)
    Comair (800-354-9822)
    Delta Air Lines (800-221-1212)
    Southwest Airlines (800-435-97

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    Houston Airport

    by lovemycacti Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    This isn't a tip to rate upon, just to say that I have been to Houston's major airport and found it to be quite a relaxed atmosphere, considering the size it serves daily.

    As a young, lone female traveler I felt safe and the people were fantastically friendly. Finding your way around the airport is very convienent and easily accessible with plenty of helpful signs to guide you to your next plane or out of the terminal.

    The lights of Houston as my plane departed at dusk almost made me cry! Houston is a beautiful city, especially from the sky. I hope I will be able to return to Houston to visit, as I'm sure it will be as beautiful up close, as it was far away.

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  • There are two major airports,...

    by semanuel Updated Aug 25, 2002

    There are two major airports, IAH and Hobby. IAH is about 30 minutes north of town (depending on traffic). Hobby is about 30 minutes south of town toward NASA.
    You really need a car to get around to all the cool stuff

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