Could Houston Hobby turn international?

Southwest Airlines are pushing the authorities at Houston Hobby Airport to allow them to begin serving international destinations from what has, for the past number of years, been a purely domestic airport.

Hobby was the original airport for Houston, but since George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), it’s taken a back seat as a small, low-cost airport primarily used by Southwest.

But now the airline wants US Customs and Immigration facilities and staff put in place to allow them to fly to destinations ‘over the border’, including Canada, Mexico, South America and various ports of call in the Caribbean. This, they believe, would put them in better stead to challenge the dominating force of United Airlines (formerly Continental Airlines) at IAH.

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