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Monthly Update: Aviation

August '21, latest data
Published on 9/29/21
Monthly Update: Aviation

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The Houston Airport System (HAS) handled 4.4 million passengers in August ’21, up from 1.6 million in August ’20. This marked the third consecutive month with passenger volume exceeding 4.0 million.

While passenger traffic remains below pre-pandemic levels, demand picked up in May, June and July. Nationally, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported its highest air traffic of the year in early August ’21, but passenger counts slipped toward the end of the month. The surge of positive cases for the Delta and other COVID-19 variants has hampered both leisure and business travel. Many airlines are reporting fewer bookings and higher cancellations. 

HAS handled 36.1 million passengers in the 12 months ending August ’21, a 0.6 percent increase from the 36.0 million handled over the same period in ’20.

  • The 12-month international passenger volume totaled 5.7 million, down 14.1 percent from 6.6 million in the preceding 12 months. 
  • Domestic volume totaled 30.5 million, a 3.9 percent increase from 29.3 million.


Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research

Heath Duran
Manager, Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

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HAS handled 4.4 million passengers in August ’21.

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