William P. Hobby Airport (IATA: HOU, ICAO: KHOU, FAA LID: HOU) is a public airport in Houston, Texas, located 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Houston. The airport covers 1,304 acres (528 ha) and has four runways. Hobby Airport is Houston’s oldest commercial airport and was the city’s primary air terminal until the opening of Houston Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush Intercontinental Airport) in 1969. Hobby serves the city as a secondary airport handling domestic service and is a regional center for corporate and private aviation.
WILLIAM P HOBBY AIRPORT HISTORY
Hobby Airport opened in 1927 as a private landing field in a 600-acre (240 ha) pasture known as W.T. Carter Field. The airfield was served by Braniff and Eastern Airlines. The site was acquired by the city of Houston and was named Houston Municipal Airport in 1937. The airport was renamed Howard R. Hughes Airport in 1938. Howard Hughes was responsible for several improvements to the airport, including its first control tower, built in 1938. The airport’s name changed back to Houston Municipal because Hughes was living at the time and regulations did not allow federal improvement funds for an airport named after a living person.
WILLIAM P HOBBY AIRPORT LOCATION
William P. Hobby Airport (IATA: HOU, ICAO: KHOU, FAA LID: HOU) is a public airport in Houston, Texas, located 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Houston.
WILLIAM P HOBBY AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 46 ft.
Runway length available: 04/22 7602×150 ft. :: 12R/30L 7602×150 ft. :: 12L/30R 5148×100 ft. :: 17/35 6000×150 ft.