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The Houston Airport System (HAS) handled 58.3 million passengers in ’18, up 7.6 percent from the 54.2 million handled in ’17. International passenger volume totaled 11.8 million, up 4.7 percent from 11.2 million in ’17. Domestic volume totaled 46.5 million, an 8.4 percent increase from 42.9 million in ’17.
HAS handled 5.1 million passengers in December ’18, a 3.2 percent increase from the 4.9 million passengers handled during December ’17.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport ranked third among “major” airports (defined as serving 20 to 30 million departing passengers per year) for on-time performance for the second year in a row. The on-time arrival and departure rate was 82.3 percent in ’18.
In January ’19 Southwest Airlines announced that it would eliminate direct service from Houston Hobby to Mexico City at the end of March. Ethiopian Airlines announced that it will begin service from IAH to West Africa three times per week starting this summer. With this new service, IAH will once again offer direct flights to all six inhabited continents.
Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research
HAS handled 5.1 million passengers in December ’18