Southwest makes welcome return to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental
An old friend returned to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) today – Southwest Airlines, which is back at the Texas gateway after a 16 year absence.
Its return widens the carrier’s footprint in Houston and will provide greater convenience for business and leisure travellers throughout the region, notes Houston Airports.
“Welcome back home to Bush Airport,” Houston Airports director, Mario Diaz. “No matter where you live or plan to visit in Houston, you now have ease of access to Southwest Airlines’ award-winning customer service at both of Houston’s world-class airports.”
Southwest Airlines has a long history with Bush Airport. The airport served as one of three airports where Southwest operated on its first day in operation, June 18, 1971.
The carrier moved to Hobby Airport shortly thereafter, though it operated service from both airports between 1980 and 2005. Southwest remains a key employer in the City of Houston, providing nearly 4,000 jobs.
“With Southwest’s expanded Houston service, we’re looking forward to bringing more options for local travellers,” enthused the airline’s vice president of business, Dave Harvey.
“Whether travelling for leisure or business, Southwest customers can now fly from the Houston airport most convenient to them and experience the flexible polices and world-class hospitality that’s made Southwest a part of Houston’s community for 50 years.”
On Monday, April 12, Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight to Bush Airport arrived from Dallas Love Field and was greeted by a celebratory water arch as it taxied to the ramp at Terminal A.
“Airline expansions like this are important to global air service hubs like Houston,” added Diaz.
“As we recover from the pandemic, safety of our passengers will remain our top priority. Partners like Southwest will ensure that as we rebuild and recover, we are building forward better.”