Southwest Breaks Ground On Its First Ever International Terminal in Houston
Yes, that statement still sounds a little weird for us too.
Last week, construction crews started moving dirt to make way for Houston Hobby's newest expansion: the airport's first international terminal, which will benefit Southwest as it plans to cross borders for the first time in the 43-year history of the airline.
The $156 million project plans to add a completely separate building to house Southwest's international operations. When all is said and done, the airline will be pulling up to one of 5 gates the airport will offer with immigration facilities. Along with new gates, the existing ticketing and security areas will see a facelift to make way for increased passenger traffic.
With the new home in southern Texas, the LCC will be able to affordably ferry passengers from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America when the doors are swung open in late-2015.
One of the more amazing details of the construction is that Southwest is footing the entire bill for the 280,000 square foot facility -- absolutely no tax-payer money is being used to construct the new building. In fact, even the 2,500-spot parking garage and area road upgrades are all being paid for by airport revenues. Sounds like someone in the airline industry is finally making some money.
[Renderings: Houston Hobby Airport]