Attention Houston Flyers: Frontier to Switch Operations from Hobby to Bush Airport in July

Starting July 11, all Frontier flights heading in and out of Houston will be flying to/from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

The airline is pulling operations out of the Houston’s Hobby airport (HOU), a smaller facility long dominated by Southwest Airlines.

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Frontier passengers who are holding tickets for flights in and out of Houston Hobby will be “automatically rebooked” to the Intercontinental Airport, says Frontier, and notification will be sent by email [Tip: If this does not work with your plans, get in touch with Frontier immediately]. Frontier has also announced new Denver – Houston Intercontinental service that will begin July 11.

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Houston’s Hobby vs. Bush

When it comes to location, Hobby beats Bush handily, as it is just 7 miles from downtown while Bush is 23 miles away from the city center. However, Bush has a strong international presence, featuring flights on British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Singapore and more, plus plenty of U.S. carriers. Hobby has domestic flights only at the moment, but Southwest keeps making noises about starting up international routes and its recent acquisition of AirTran – which does fly to the Caribbean and Mexico – will likely expedite that goal.

Frontier – Only Low-Cost Carrier at Bush Intercontinental

Frontier’s arrival at Bush in July will give that airport something it hasn’t had, at least not lately – flights on a discount airline. Watch for the possibility of lower fares in and out of Houston, and keep checking for deals.

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Published: April 17, 2012