The Houston Airport System provides a safe and dynamic air services network that fosters economic vitality for the transportation industry and facilitates a strong level of global connectivity for diverse and growing population living throughout the greater Houston region.
The three-airport system served almost 55 million passengers in 2016. Together, Houston Airports form one of North America's largest public airport systems and position Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the south central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America.
|George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)|
Located approximately 23 miles north of Downtown Houston
29 passenger airlines
183 non-stop destinations
Nearly 42 million passengers in 2016
|William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)|
Located approximately 7 miles south of Downtown Houston
4 passenger airlines
56 non-stop destinations
Nearly 13 million passengers in 2016
|Ellington Airport (EFD) / Houston Spaceport|
Located approximately 15 miles south of Downtown Houston
Supports the operations of the U.S. military, NASA and a variety of general aviation tenants
Home to the nation’s 10th licensed commercial spaceport
Houston Spaceport is a focal point for aerospace innovation
In 1937, as Houston began its ascent to become the energy capital of the world, the city acquired the site of its first major commercial airport, William P. Hobby Airport.
As the City of Houston continued to grow so did the Houston Airport System, adding George Bush Intercontinental Airport in 1969 and Ellington Airport in 1984. Today, George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves as the premier long-haul international airport facility, while Ellington Airport supports both general aviation flights as well as a host of government/military operations. Hobby Airport opened an international concourse and welcomed back international service in October 2015, serving destinations in Latin American and the Caribbean.
The airfields found at the three airport facilities are capable of accommodating virtually any type of aircraft, even those as large as the Antonov 225, on runways that extend up to 12,000 feet.
While the airports represent a significant contribution to Houston and the surrounding communities' economies, the airport system functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base to pay for operations, maintenance or capital improvements. The Houston Airport System accomplishes financial self-sufficiency by deriving income from fees, rentals, and other charges. Surpluses generated are reinvested into capital development and bond retirement. According to the most recent economic impact study, the three airports collectively contributed more than $27.5 billion to the local economy and were directly responsible for more than 230,000 jobs that generated $8.7 billion in employment earnings.