Houston airports experienced a record 2023 in terms of passenger traffic, new data shows.

Just over 60 million people traveled through George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports last year, up 6 million passengers or 11% from 2022. The 2023 figure is also nearly 400,000 more passengers than the Houston Airport System handled in 2019, its previous record year.

Bush and Hobby airports saw a combined total of 47.6 million domestic passengers and 12.5 million international passengers.

In 2023, the system’s two passenger airports saw growth in these international markets:

  • 2.5 million passengers connected to Mexico, up 27% from 2019
  • 74,483 passengers connected to Australia/New Zealand, up 24% from 2019
  • 232,811 passengers connected to the Middle East, up 7% from 2019

"We are thrilled to celebrate the record-setting passenger total at Houston Airports in 2023 and we thank each and every passenger for choosing our airports as part of their flight plans,” said Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation for Houston Airports. “Houston Airports is committed to connecting the people, businesses, cultures and economies of the world to

Houston, while serving as a 5-Star air service gateway to the region. As we continue to grow and enhance our airport’s infrastructure, we are committed to ensuring our passengers have the best possible experience from curb to gate. This accomplishment is a testament to the collaborative efforts of our team and the strong support from the community."

Written by A.J. Mistretta

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