Some $156 million is being spent by Southwest Airlines to do up the previously domesticated Hobby Airport into this shapely international hub. In February, city council approved a kind of build-to-suit agreement that would allow Southwest to add 5 gates to its terminal on the west side of the airport for international flights — Mayor Parker said at the time that she was even considering adding that adjective to ol’ Hobby’s name — as well as introduce a customs inspection hub, redo the roadways to and from, and add a 2,500-space parking garage.
This, then, must be the view of what you’ll see as you come in for a landing. That white obtuse angle in the rendering immediately above shows the new terminal in question, with what appears to be a slender pedestrian bridge hooking up with the parking garage.
And this must be what your friends and loved ones will see when they come to pick you up:
The expanded concourse:
- Plan [Houston Hobby]
- Houston gets the airline terminal of the future: New $156 million Hobby airport home aims to be “airy” [Culturemap]
- Previously on Swamplot: Southwest Spending $150 Million To Expand Hobby Airport for International Flights
Renderings: Houston Hobby