Houston’s IAH holds strong

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is ‘Texas tough’ even in the recent downward global economy. Despite the pullback in worldwide carrier service, Luis G. Aviles, senior marketing specialist for the Houston Airport System (HAS), comments that 2009 has been an excellent year for IAH.

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Consider the line up of new services added to IAH’s off erings this year: Cathay Pacific Cargo started new thrice weekly all-cargo service from Houston to Hong Kong on 6 March; Qatar started new daily nonstop service to Doha on 30 March; Continental Airlines started new daily nonstop service to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 1 August; Alaska Airlines started new, daily nonstop service to Seattle, WA on 23 September; Continental Airlines started new three times daily nonstop service to Washington DC (Dulles), new, daily nonstop service to Edmonton, Canada, and new, daily nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany all on 1 November; TACA will start new, daily nonstop service to San Salvador, El Salvador on 15 November; and Air Canada will start new, daily nonstop service to Montreal, Canada on 30 November.

On the negative side, Korean Air Cargo decided to stop service in June 2009. “Fortunately, we have been in close communication with their executives and there is a high possibility that they will come back when the economy improves,” reveals Aviles.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines will be increasing from four times weekly to five times weekly its Singapore-Moscow service that stops at IAH, effective 18 December and Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, and EVA Air Cargo are continuing their service offerings to IAH. China Airlines Cargo is reinstating its second weekly flight for its winter schedule, effective 29 October.