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The Newest Airports to Flip the Switch on Free WiFi are...

September 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | ()

For whatever reason big airports seem to have big problems when it comes to concourse connectivity. Of course WiFi is available everywhere, but it usually comes with an annoying fee. Some of the big boy airports—like Atlanta—have finally flipped the switch to make things free, and now yet another major airport is finally doing the same.

It’s time for the WiFi to be free for all across Houston, as the airport authority has opened up the network to passengers at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. The rollout is complete over at Hobby Airport, but a couple of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental will need another month or so to work things out—so just be aware.

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Southwest Breaks Ground On Its First Ever International Terminal in Houston

October 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | ()

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.

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And United Airlines' First 787 Said, 'Let There Be Flight!'

November 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

Quiet. That would be the word for United's Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as the first one for the US airline zipped into the skies yesterday morning on its maiden revenue flight, meaning there were actual paying passengers onboard. The flight, UA 1116 from Houston (HOU) to Chicago (ORD) hit its halfway point at 9:30am EST, meaning those passengers and invited guests sitting pretty in the whisper-quiet cabin were effectively sneaking in the special event before much of the country could wake up.

One such flyer was our buddy (and uber-major United frequent flyer) Peter Shankman, who filed this short video report from Economy Class:

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Three New Airport Restaurants for Your Next Three-Hour Layover

August 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

New airport restaurant announcements might not be as frequent as new route news, but with so many dining locations coming and going we figured it was a good idea to mention some of the latest options to hit the concourses and terminals.

· Up first this week is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, as the smoked this and sauced that is scheduled to arrive at Terminal C within in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Hopefully this will give those arriving into the nifty fifty—or heading out—a true taste of Texas barbeque. Obviously there’s probably more authentic options outside of the airport, but we can’t complain about having the option to pick up a bottle of sauce or rub on the way to our gate. For now you don’t have to wait, as there’s already three of the restaurants at DFW—they’re near gates A18, C6, and E12.

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Houston-Hobby to Serve South of the Border with Southwest

June 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM | by | ()

Not that long ago we discussed the city of Houston’s plan to develop the city’s smaller airport into a true international hub. That didn’t sit too well with United—they’re pretty darn happy over at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport—and they put up a stink.

Southwest Airlines stayed the course with their plan to add some international options out of Houston-Hobby, and now it looks Southwest will end up getting exactly what they wanted.

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Houston's Hobby Airport May Become Southwest's First International Hub

March 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM | by | ()

There’s still plenty of unknown this and that with the Southwest Airlines and AirTran merger, but one thing that is intriguing—to us at least—is how the newly combined airline will handle international flying. Of course we dream of cheap flights down to Mexico or over to the Caribbean, but it’s still not totally clear on how the Southwest planes will get there or where the flights will originate.

Although nothing is official as of yet, it does sound like one airport is planning for the possibility of some international departures and arrivals. Houston Hobby Airport—a favorite of Southwest—is now considering what it might mean to the airport and the city to add the capacity to handle international flights. It sounds like the city is looking into the possibility, as Southwest has already expressed interest about adding some planes and people to spots in Mexico and South America.

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