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People hustle through an airport terminal. (credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

People hustle through an airport terminal. (credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Both commercial airports in Houston are expecting heavy traffic during the Spring Break holiday (March 9 – 20), collectively handling more than a million departing passengers during that time period.

Spring Break is projected to bring 1,024,701 departing passengers to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), while at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) that number is expected to be 265,183.

At HOU, passenger totals are expected to be especially heavy during the eight day period of March 12 through March 19.  William P. Hobby Airport is expecting to see a 4.6 percent increase in the total number of departing passengers when compared to the totals recorded during the same time period in 2011.

Departing traffic at George Bush Intercontinental Airport is not expected to be as heavy last year’s Spring Break total, but passengers should still be aware of the steps needed to maximize airport efficiency.

Travel Tips for Departing Passengers at Both IAH and HOU:

  • Check www.fly2houston.com for parking availability information at both IAH and HOU.  An easy-to-read graph shows when the airport’s owned and operated garages and lots have parking availability or if they are full.
  • Consider using SuperShuttle to eliminate parking at HOU and IAH
      • If you prefer not to park at the airport, consider asking friends or family to drop you off or use SuperShuttle, which will pick you up at home or work. For more information on the shuttle service, visit fly2houston.com/iah-Ground-Transportation.
  • If you are picking up family and friends, use Passenger Pick Up Waiting Lot
      • This free service is available at both IAH and HOU.  Follow the purple signs to the lot and avoid circling the airport while you wait for your party’s phone call to let you know they are ready to be picked up at baggage claim. For more information, visit fly2houston.com/IAHPickUpLot if you’re visiting IAH, or fly2houston.com/PickUpLot for HOU details.
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations with the TSA including:
      • What you can and cannot bring through the checkpoint
      • Children 12 years and under can now go through the checkpoint with their shoes on
      • For more information, visit www.TSA.gov.
  • Follow us on Twitter @IAH and @HobbyAirport for on-the-go travel tips and learn where to score great deals at restaurants and shops

Keep in mind that Hobby Airport is still under construction and will continue to be until late 2012. The roadway leading to the airport’s ticketing level is closed and all traffic is currently being diverted into the parking garage. For more information, please visit fly2houston.com/ProjectHobby.

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