Our Story

The Houston Airport System provides a safe and dynamic air services network that fosters economic vitality for the transportation industry and facilitates a strong level of global connectivity for diverse and growing population living throughout the greater Houston region.

Our Airports

The three-airport system served nearly 60 million passengers in 2019. Together, Houston Airports form one of North America's largest public airport systems and position Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the south central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America.


George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Located approximately 23 miles north of Downtown Houston

27 passenger airlines

187 non-stop destinations 

More than 45.2 million passengers in 2019

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

Located approximately 7 miles south of Downtown Houston

4 passenger airlines

83 destinations

More than 14.4 million passengers in 2019

Ellington Airport (EFD) / Houston Spaceport

Located approximately 15 miles south of Downtown Houston

Supports the operations of the U.S. military, NASA and a variety of general aviation tenants

Home to the nation’s 10th licensed commercial spaceport

Houston Spaceport is a focal point for aerospace innovation



We exist to connect the people, businesses, cultures and economies of the world to Houston.


Establish the Houston Airport System as a five-star global air service gateway where the magic of flight is celebrated.

Our History

In 1937, as Houston began its ascent to become the energy capital of the world, the city acquired the site of its first major commercial airport, William P. Hobby Airport.

As the City of Houston continued to grow so did the Houston Airport System, adding George Bush Intercontinental Airport in 1969 and Ellington Airport in 1984.  Today, George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves as the premier long-haul international airport facility, while Ellington Airport supports both general aviation flights as well as a host of government/military operations. Hobby Airport opened an international concourse and welcomed back international service in October 2015, serving destinations in Latin American and the Caribbean.


Our Impact

The airfields found at the three airport facilities are capable of accommodating virtually any type of aircraft, even those as large as the Antonov 225, on runways that extend up to 12,000 feet.

While the airports represent a significant contribution to Houston and the surrounding communities' economies, the airport system functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base to pay for operations, maintenance or capital improvements.  The Houston Airport System accomplishes financial self-sufficiency by deriving income from fees, rentals, and other charges. Surpluses generated are reinvested into capital development and bond retirement. According to the most recent economic impact study, the three airports collectively contributed more than $36.4 billion (2019) to the local economy and were directly responsible for more than 190,000 jobs.


Human Trafficking Awareness

Houston Airports affirms its commitment to using its best efforts to assist in the fight against human trafficking, in accordance with the City of Houston’s zero tolerance policy.  We stand in support of the victims of human trafficking, and we assist in the detection and reporting of all suspected human trafficking activities at our airports.  We do this through promoting awareness and through coordination with our stakeholders and local and federal authorities. 

Anyone suspecting human trafficking activities or who needs assistance should call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888; TTY:711; text the hotline at 233733; reach out to www.humantraffickinghotline.org/chat; use the hotline’s anonymous online reporting form at https://humantraffickinghotline.org/report-trafficking; or contact the Houston Police Department by calling 911.