The Houston Airport System posted recording-setting passenger traffic numbers in 2014, according to a year-end traffic report.
More than 53.1 million passengers filtered through Houston airports last year — a 4.5 percent increase that eclipsed the previous record of 50.9 million passengers in 2013.
“This is an exciting time for the city and for the Houston Airport System,” Mayor Annise Parker said. “The development we see all around Houston is mirrored by the steady growth at our airports — the kind of numbers that befit the fastest-growing major city in the United States. We’ve been remarkably successful in attracting new international air service to Houston and are moving forward with investments and projects that will ensure that growth continues.”
Both Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport saw their total passenger traffic jump. Bush set record highs in both combined passenger totals — more than 41.2 million in both domestic and international passengers, a 3.6 percent increase — and in the number of international passengers — more than 9.8 million, a 9.2 percent increase from 2013’s 8.9 million. The airport also saw a 2 percent increase in domestic passengers, up to more than 31.4 million.
Not to be outdone, Hobby Airport saw more than 11.9 million passengers, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous-record 11.1 million of 2013. The growing numbers are nothing new. Demand for travel from Hobby Airport has increased steadily over the past decade, growing by more than 34 percent over the past 10 years.