As of October 2015, five airlines serve Houston's William P. Hobby Airport: American Airlines, Branson Air Express, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines. On Oct. 15, 2015, Hobby Airport began international air service to Latin America upon the completion of its international terminal.
Hobby Airport experienced a record high number of travelers in 2014, with over 11 million passengers. Hobby Airport offers non-stop or direct service to over 40 destinations all over the United States. It is considered to be the 33rd busiest airport in the United States. Hobby is Houston's second largest airport behind George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Both of these airports combined serve more than 50 million passengers per year.
The largest air carrier at Hobby Airport is Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines kicked off Hobby's international service by offering direct flights to Aruba.
William P. Hobby Airport has been serving the Houston area for over 80 years, and it is situated about seven miles south of downtown Houston. It is both operated and maintained by the City of Houston Department of Aviation. Because the Houston airport system works as an enterprise fund, it is not supported by the local tax base for maintenance, operations or capital improvements.