Holiday Travel Takes Off
Houston – In the months of November and December alone, more than eight million passengers are expected to pass through the gates at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports.
Passenger totals during the 2011 holiday season are expected be very similar to last year’s heavy travel period.
In 2010, IAH handled 1,361,553 passengers during a 13-day period from November 17 through 29. This year’s total is expected to be near that mark with 1,331,966 passengers projected to pass through the gates. The peak travel days included Thursday, Friday and Sunday (Nov. 17, 18 & 20) during the week prior to Thanksgiving and the Sunday immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 27).
The numbers at Hobby Airport are expected to be just higher than those recorded in 2010. Last year, 152,428 passengers boarded planes at Hobby Airport between November 18 through 28. The 2011 totals for that same time period are projected to be 153,724. The busiest holiday travel days at Hobby Airport are projected to be November 18, 22, 23 and 27. Hobby Airport Construction Update
“Passenger totals have been strong throughout the year at both Intercontinental and Hobby Airport,” says Houston Airport System director Mario C. Diaz. “Now it’s time to gear up for a strong finish to 2011 because the projections are definitely indicating healthy traffic over the next several weeks, especially at Hobby Airport where we see a heavy concentration of leisure travelers looking to enjoy the holiday season.”
Here are a few tips that may save you time:
• Use technology – Use the web to obtain the latest flight information and check in for your flight 24 hours prior to departure. The digital bar code on the screen of your Smartphone can often be used during the check-in process.
• Prepare for security line – Have your boarding pass and ID ready for display, remove your shoes, follow the 3-1-1 rule in regards to liquids in your carry-on bag.
• Remove any metallic items that may set off the metal detector.
• Don’t wrap any gifts prior to your departure, as security personnel may need to examine the contents of any package.
• If picking up an arriving passenger, make sure to use the “Passenger Waiting Lots” located at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.