SOUTHWEST AIRLINES LAUNCHES PITTSBURGH-HOUSTON HOBBY NONSTOP FLIGHTS
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 15, 2013) – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald along with the Airport Authority, Southwest Airlines and energy industry executives celebrated the launch of the new daily Southwest Airlines flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, TX, at a news conference today at Pittsburgh International Airport.
“Travelers are now booking and flying new nonstop Houston Hobby flights on Southwest Airlines. The Houston, Texas market is vital for our business and leisure travelers and increasing the choices teamed with Southwest’s competitive fares will be a great benefit to our region,” said Fitzgerald.
“This is the first time nonstop daily Pittsburgh flights to Houston Hobby Airport have ever been offered. The new nonstop service between Pittsburgh and Houston will provide our customers convenient connecting service to/from the east, west and gulf coasts,” said David Minnotte, chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
“Customers will also experience our newly retrofitted 700-series aircraft with the Evolve interior on these routes. Southwest Airlines is building a $100 million international facility at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and will begin operating flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and other Latin American destinations in 2015,” said Mike Gillock, Pittsburgh station manager, Southwest Airlines.
“This new direct route provides members of the energy industry new travel options into Houston, Texas, which is often called the Energy Capital of the World due to the high volume of energy industry personnel headquartered there," said Gary Smith, executive board member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and vice president and general manager, EOG Resources. EOG is one of the largest energy companies for oil and natural gas production in the country and is based in Houston.
“Our city's second largest airport, William P. Hobby (HOU), has been serving the Houston community for more than 80 years. Located approximately seven miles south of downtown Houston, Hobby Airport is pleased to open our doors to Pittsburgh’s air travelers. Southwest Airlines continues to find new business opportunities within Houston's thriving economy,” said Mario C. Diaz, Houston Airport System Director.
The PIT-HOU schedule will include one flight daily. Monday through Friday, it will depart PIT at 11:50 am, arriving HOU at 2:00. Saturdays it will depart PIT at 9:15 am and on Sunday depart PIT at 12 noon. Returning from HOU to PIT: Sunday through Friday, the flight will depart HOU at 1:35 pm and arrive at PIT 5:35 pm. Saturday, it departs HOU at 10:35 am and arrives at PIT 2:29 pm. Flights can be booked at www.southwest.com.
Southwest and AirTran Airways currently operate up to 31 combined daily flights from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago Midway, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa.
The new Houston Hobby service places Pittsburgh into the new international gateway hub in Houston connecting Pittsburgh with the growing Central and South American markets. The additional Houston Hobby service adds 20 connecting markets west of the Mississippi to potential Pittsburgh itineraries. This new service includes connections to 25 daily flights between Houston Hobby and Dallas Love Field and 10 daily flights to New Orleans. Other connecting markets include Albuquerque, Austin, Corpus Christi, Denver, El Paso, Harlingen, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Little Rock, Midland, Kansas City, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Diego, San Antonio, St. Louis, and Tulsa.