Airports and Air Service

Air Service

Twenty-three airlines (12 domestic, 11 foreign flag) fly out of Houston, providing daily nonstop and direct service to 113 domestic and 38 international destinations, including the major cities of Europe and Central America. Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), north of Houston Central Business District (CBD), garners 70% of the system's total traffic while Hobby Airport (HOU), south of the CBD, accounts for 30%. Ellington Field (EFD), south of Hobby, is both a commercial airport and a center for aerospace development.

 Central Location

 The Houston Airport System's location in the south central United States places it equidistant from the East and West Coasts, allowing easy access to the nation's business centers. Houston Intercontinental Airport's frequent air service and numerous direct and connecting flights place the world's major cities within a day's plane ride of Houston.

Approximate Flight Times From Houston to Various Destinations
1 hours
Los Angeles
3 hours
9 hours
2 hours
2 hours
10 hours
New York
3 hours
10 hours
2 hours
3 hours
Mexico City
2 hours

Airline Telephone Numbers and Websites

George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston (IAH)
(formerly Houston Intercontinental Airport)
2800 North Terminal Road
Houston, Texas  77032
(281) 230-3100
(281) 230-3000 Paging and Information
(281) 230-3089 TDD

Houston Intercontinental Airport is the base of operations for 20 passenger airlines. The airport is 22 miles (30-45 minutes by car) north of the Central Business District. Business travelers can reach the airport by any of several routes: Interstate 45 which passes IAH six miles to the west, U.S. 59 which passes four miles to the east, the Hardy Toll which approaches the airport directly from the south, and the Sam Houston Tollway which loops in from the West. There is adequate parking at IAH and seldom any congestion.

Four Terminals
  • Terminals A&B  (40 gates)
  • Terminal C         (32 gates)
  • Mickey Leland International Airlines Building (IAB)  (14 gates) Federal inspection clearance 30 minutes or less

  • Facilities

  • Underground passenger trains to terminals
  • Free shuttle to anfd from economy prking ** Marriot Hotel on airport
  • Over 550,000 sq.ft. of cargo space * 24-hour mail facility
  • 19,00 parking spaces

  • Four Principal Runways:

  • 14L/32R - 12,000 feet by 150 feet - ILS Category I
  • 9/27 - 10,000 feet by 150 feet, R/W 27 - ILS Category II
  • 8/26 - 9,400 feet by 150 feet, R/W 26 - ILS Category IIIA
  • 14R/32L - 6,000 feet by 100 feet

  • Two Fixed Base Operators on Airport:

    Aeroexo Airlines Brithish Airways KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 
    Aeromexico Airlines Cayman Airways Lufthansa German Airlines
    Air Canada Continental Airlines Southwest Airlines
    Air France Airlines Continental Express TACA Airlines
    America West Airlines Delta Air Lines United Airlines
    American Airlines Grand Airways USAir
    Aviateca Airlines Gulf Air Western Airlines

    Air freighter and "combi" service are available from Intercontinental to Europe, Asia and Latin America on a regular basis. Typical commodities air freighted through Houston include computers, computer equipment, construction equipment, electrical motors, livestock, machine parts, medical supplies, oil field equipment, printed matter, and produce.

    Aeromexpress Burlington Air Express DHL Airways Northwest Cargo
    AeroPak Cargolux Emery Air Freight Roadway Global Air
    Airborne Express Challenge AirCargo Federal Express
    Air France Corporate Air KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

    Shuttle Service Between IAH and Hobby

    Coach USA offers an "Airport Express" shuttle service between the two airports every 30 minutes.  The estimated travel time is 70 minutes and the cost is $17.00 per person.  The shuttles pick-up passengers from the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. For more information you may call Coach USA at (713) 523-8888.

    William P. Hobby Airport  (HOU)
    7800 Airport Boulevard
    Houston, Texas 77061
    (713) 643-4597
    (713) 484-4973 TDD

    Seven passenger airlines operate out of William P. Hobby Airport. Hobby is located seven miles (15-20 minutes by car) southeast of Houston's CBD. Travelers can reach Hobby via Interstate 45 on the east and State Highway 35 on the west.

    Four Runways:
  • 12L/30R - 7,601 feet by 150 feet - ILS Category I
  • 4/22 - 7,602 feet by 150 feet - ILS Category I
  • 17/35 - 6,000 feet by 150 feet - General Aviation
  • 12R/30L - 5,149 feet by 100 feet - General Aviation

    American Airlines Delta Airlines Northwest Airlines Trans World Airlines
    Continental Express Mesa Airlines Southwest Airlines

    Ellington Field  (EFD)
    11900 Old Galveston Rd. (State Hwy. 3)
    Houston, Texas  77034
    (281) 481-2828

    Ellington Field is 17 miles (20-30 minutes) south of the Central Business District. The Department of Defense transferred ownership of Ellington Field to the City of Houston on July 1, 1984. Before that, Ellington had served as a training base for pilots, bombardiers and maintenance crews during both World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Current airport users include the Texas Air National Guard, NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard, a U.S. Army Helicopter Battalion, Grumman Aerospace, Refractory Services, and Southwest Services. UPS has made Ellington its penetration point for service into Mexico.

    Continental Express provides shuttle service to IAH. Access to Ellington Field is from Highway 3 which links up with Interstate 45 to the west.

    Three Active Runways:

  • 17R/35L - 9,000 feet long - ILS Category I ** 24 hour-a-day air traffic control tower
  • 4/22 - 8,000 feet long
  • 17L/35R - 4,600 feet long

  • Landing Aids: TVOR - TACAN Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) - ILS

    Linked Information courtesy of AirNav created by Paulo Santos
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    Alief, TX  77411 
    (281) 497-7140
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    Route 1 Box 81 
    Brookshire, TX  77423 
    (281) 934-8947
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    Hwy 787 
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    (281) 592-1282
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    Fm 1484 
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    (409) 788-8311
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    County Rd. 130 
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    RT 1 BOX 1640 
    Pearland,  TX  77584 
    (281) 485-4755 
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    20803 Stuebner Airline Rd. 
    Houston, TX  77069 
    (281) 376-5436
    Porros Burritos Airport (Hobby)
    7800 Airport Boulevard 
    Houston, TX  77061 
    (713) 643-3706
    Houston Aviation Dept. CBD Heliport (3T8)
    800 Avenlda De Las Americas 
    Houston, TX  77010 
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    12888 Highway 6 South 
    Sugar Land, TX  77478 
    (281) 491-2101
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    F M Rd 1266 
    League City, TX  77573 
    (713) 337-4500
    Weiser Air Park (EYQ)
    21904 Hempstead Hwy 290 @ Telge Rd. 
    Houston, TX  77040 
    (281) 469-6224
    Houston Southwest Airport (AXH)
    503 McKeever Rd# 1505 
    Arcola Tx 77583    http://
    Tel: (281) 431-2581    e-mail:
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    18200 Groeschke Road 
    Houston, TX 
    (281) 492-2130
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    604 W. Fairmont Pkwy 
    La Porte, TX  77571 
    (281) 471-5020

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