Mayor's Office

Press Release

Statement from Mayor Parker Regarding Proposed International Service at Hobby Airport



April 9, 2012 -- "I am carefully considering Southwest’s proposal and the recommendation of the city’s aviation director and will take all views into account. With City Council involvement, we will convene meetings with and seek input from stakeholders, including airlines, members of the business community, Houston residents, organized labor and other interested persons.  My decision, which I intend to reach by the end of April, will be based on what is best for the city and the flying public, not what may or may not be best for any one specific airline."


Mayor Parker noted that the City is only deciding whether to support Southwest’s proposal to expand gate space at Hobby.  The authority for deciding whether international service will be allowed at Hobby rests with the federal government.