William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) Guide

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is Houston's oldest commercial airport. It was also the metro area’s primary commercial airport until Houston Intercontinental Airport, now known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, opened. Hobby Airport opened in 1927 as a private landing field in a 600-acre pasture known as W.T. Carter Field. In 1967, the airport’s name changed to honor William P. Hobby, a former Texas governor.

The first three Women Airforce Service Pilots training classes were held at the Houston Municipal Airport in 1943. The first airline to deliver passenger flights at the airport was Houston Metro Airlines, a commuter air carrier operating "cross town" shuttle service between Hobby and IAH in 1970.

Today, the airport covers 1,304 acres and has four runways. HOU handles domestic/international service for four commercial airlines and serves as an international point of entry for general aviation activity between Texas and Mexico. The airport opened its international terminal with five gates in October 2015, with Southwest Airlines as the sole carrier in the terminal.

In addition to Southwest Airlines, carriers serving HOU passengers include American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue.

Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a full meal, HOU offers an assortment of food and drink options to satisfy your cravings and quench your thirst.

If you like to shop, then visit the plethora of newsstands, boutiques, and bookstores at HOU.

Service animals are very welcome at HOU. Animal relief areas are located at Level 1, near Ground Transportation Zone 4 and the Red Garage, and near Level 2 near Gate 20.

HOU is a smoke-free facility, but designated smoking areas are outside Levels 1 and 2, at least 25 feet from exit doors.

HOU also has two chapels. Find one pre-security near the Level 1 Baggage Claim and one post-security through the Central Concourse, near Gate 44.

Find more service-oriented amenities available at HOU here.

Parking near HOU with The Parking Spot helps travelers find the best, most convenient, and most cost-effective parking option so their car-to-air transfer is as seamless as possible. On average, parking with The Parking Spot is approximately 40% less expensive than parking at the airport. Lots are located within minutes from HOU, and include complimentary door-to-door shuttle service to and from the airport.

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  • Shuttle service every 5-7 minutes from the parking lot to the airport
  • On-call shuttle hours between 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Soft Hands Car Care at The Parking Spot 1
  • Extra wide parking option at The Parking Spot Monroe

Need to book an overnight stay in Houston? There are ample hotels in close proximity to HOU:

1940 Air Terminal Museum (8325 Travelair Street, Houston, Texas 77061) - Houston’s aviation history comes alive in this air travel museum located on-site at Houston Hobby Airport! (Located on the west side of HOU)

The Houston Museum of Natural Science (5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030) - Explore the best of the Jurassic era and beyond through this collection of exhibits about the natural world. (11.8 miles from HOU)
NRG Stadium (NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054) - Visit the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans! The multi-purpose stadium hosts exhibits, concerts, and professional and amateur sporting events of all kinds. (11.5 miles from HOU)
Houston Zoo (200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030) - Kids of all ages will enjoy this zoological park’s 55 acres, 6,000 animals and 900 species. (13.6 miles from HOU)

Q. Is vaping allowed inside HOU?
A. Vaping is not allowed indoors at HOU. There is a designated smoking area 25 feet away from the entrance of the terminal.
Q. Are there smoking lounges inside HOU?
A. There are no smoking lounges inside HOU.
Q. Is there a kid-friendly area at HOU?
A. While there is no specific kid-friendly area at HOU, children are encouraged to visit the airport’s little library.
Q. Are pets allowed to fly out of HOU?
A. Only service animals are allowed to fly out of HOU.
Q. Is HOU an international airport?
A. HOU is an international airport that serves the greater Houston area.
Q. How many runways are used at HOU?
A. HOU has four runways that accommodate over 200,000 flights every year.
Q. How far is downtown Houston from HOU?
A. HOU is about 10 miles away from downtown Houston.
Q. Does HOU have free wifi?
A. HOU has free WiFi in its terminals.
Q. Is there a nursing area at HOU?
A. Nursing areas are located near Gate 20 on Level 2.


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