Direct flights to Cuba from the US are back on the table (probably, eventually) per last week’s agreement between Havana and the State Department — and whenever that happens, Southwest Airlines is looking to get in on the action from its newly-minted international concourse at Hobby Airport. The concourse has been launching passengers to Central America and the Caribbean since its mid-October opening, which marked the airport’s return to the international game for the first time since IAH opened in 1969.
Other major additions to Hobby include a 3,000-spot parking garage (shown above) still partially under construction on one of the former EcoPark lots, just west of the original garage (now labeled the Red Garage). The new structure (known as the Blue Garage) is rising in phases: Phase I opened just in time for Thanksgiving, and the rest of the structure should be ready to receive rather less anxious travelers some time next year. The pedestrian bridge shown in the photo above connects Level 3 of the new garage to the newly-expanded Terminal area:
The new garage will net Hobby about 2,500 new spaces after taking into account the loss of the EcoPark lot. Parking lots frequently reaching capacity at the airport was the primary motivation for the Houston Airport System’s previous Know Before You Go campaign, which encouraged passengers to check real-time parking availability data in the old garage, consider drop-off options, and reserve a valet if necessary. Currently,
3 4 bus routes and 0 trains run to Hobby.
- Texas could benefit from Houston-to-Cuba air service [Houston Chronicle]
- Southwest officially opens new international terminal at Hobby Airport [HBJ]
- Parking Challenges Being Addressed at Hobby Airport [fly2Houston]
- Previously on Swamplot: What Southwest Wants To Make Hobby Airport Look Like; Southwest Spending $150 Million To Expand Hobby Airport for International Flights;