Passenger traffic at Houston Airports grew 3.9% in February compared to February of last year, ending the month at just over 4.5 million passengers.

Over 3.4 million passengers flew through Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), a 2.7% year-over-year increase, while traffic out of Hobby Airport increased 8.2% to just over 1 million passengers. International passenger traffic increased 11.6% at IAH year-over-year, while Hobby saw an 8.8% increase in domestic passengers compared to February of 2023.

Year to date, the Houston airport system has seen growth of 3.1% compared to the same time frame last year.

Air Traffic – In the Numbers

Domestic travel made up almost 3.6 million of total passengers out of Houston Airports in February 2024 – this is a 2.3% increase compared to last year. Comparatively, international traffic showed a 10.6% increase this February, indicating that both domestic and international passenger markets are growing as we move further into 2024.

Domestically, United Airlines accounted for the largest number of passengers, making up approximately 2 million of the total 3.6 million domestic passengers traveling through Houston airports. Southwest Airlines accounts for the 2nd largest percentage of travelers, making up almost 1 million passengers. The remaining passenger traffic was held by American and Spirit Airlines.

Internationally, United still leads major carrier traffic, making up more than 60% of total international passengers, with Southwest Airlines, Air Canada and other carriers making up the remainder. Of international travelers, Mexico continues to lead by total number of passengers, making up over 368,000 passengers – that’s almost 40% of all international passengers coming through the Houston Airport system. This is closely followed by passengers from Central and South America, making up over 278,000 passengers – approximately 30% of total international passenger traffic.

See full stats here.

Written by Megan Henson 

Domestic Tourism
International Tourism