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Monthly Update: Aviation

March '19
Published on 5/8/19
Monthly Update: Aviation

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The Houston Airport System (HAS) handled 59.0 million passengers in the 12 months ending March ’19. That’s a record for Houston and an 8.2 percent increase from the 54.6 million handled over the same period in ’18. The 12-month international passenger volume totaled 11.8 million, up 4.6 percent from 11.3 million from the same period in ’18. Domestic volume totaled 47.2 million, a 9.2 percent increase from 43.2 million for the same period in ’18.

HAS Traffic

HAS handled 5.2 million passengers in March ’19, a 5.2 percent increase from the 4.9 million passengers handled during March ’18.

HAS Traffic - March

The Houston Airport System (HAS) partnered with Texas A&M to establish a $30 million Engineering Experiment Station to improve energy efficiency and air quality at both Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Hobby Airport (HOU). The project will replace outdated equipment, controls, baggage handling systems and lighting at the airports. Four chillers will be installed at a new utility plant, and a solar array will be part of the new shading canopies.

METRO recently announced the possibility of running two light rail lines on a shared track to Hobby Airport. The proposed plan would extend the Purple and Green lines to a common point and then share a track towards HOU. METRO estimates the cost of the project at $1.1 billion and expects daily ridership between 8,100 to 8,600.

San Jacinto College will open an aerospace workforce training center at the Houston Spaceport in Ellington Field called the Edge Center. The goal is to attract several aerospace companies to the region by having a ready-to-work talent pipeline. The center could open as early as June.

Nadia Valliani
Manager, Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

Airports Key Economic Indicators
5.2 million

HAS handled 5.2 million passengers in March’19

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