Houston The CW affiliate KIAH-TV reports the carrier will begin a $250 million construction project at the terminal, adding seven new gates to the West Concourse.
Six Gates Dedicated to Southwest, One Gate Left Open for Other Carriers
Under the plan agreed upon by both the airport and Southwest, the project will add a total of seven new gates to the Southwest hub. Six will be used exclusively for the Dallas-based airline’s domestic operations, while one will be open for other airlines to use.
The move will allow Houston Hobby Airport to offer more flights to those who prefer the smaller airport to United Airlines hub Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The increase in gates could offer more flights at lower price points due to lesser demand out of the smaller airport. In addition, the new gates will help to aid other common problems, including the terminals closing at Midnight.
The City of Houston will contribute $20 million towards the project, while Southwest will contribute the rest. There is no set timetable for when the expansion will be completed.
New Construction in Houston Continues Season of Change for Southwest
The additional gates at Houston Hobby Airport continues a season of change for the airline. In February 2022, the carrier welcomed Bob Jordan as the new chief executive, replacing longtime leader and current board chairman Gary Kelly. The airline is also planning to add a fourth produc to their lineup, hoping to attract business travelers to the traditionally low-cost carrier.
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