Mayor, Southwest Airlines agree on Hobby Airport expansion
It's a renovation that will allow the airline to operate international flights out of Hobby. For weeks, we've heard the arguments for and against the expansion, and now it seems the city is picking a side.
Mayor Annise Parker and Southwest CEO Gary Kelly are expected to reveal their expansion deal right here in the morning, and Eyewitness News has learned will likely Kelly will be kept to his word. "If we can reach an agreement with you, I'll pay for the $100 million project," Kelly said during a city council meeting on May 8.
Since then, it appears Southwest has negotiated additional gates out of Hobby and the go-ahead to build a $100 million customs facility. They want to fly to Mexico and Latin America.
City Council will have to vote on the deal and not everyone is on board. United Airlines also has fiercely opposed the proposal.
Link to Southwest's current information on Mexico flights via Volaris:
Since this is breaking news this evening, a good bit of more information should be available after the press conference tomorrow.
Even if Southwest doesn't fly directly to Merida, they'll most likely go to Cancun and other locations in Mexico, which could have connections to Merida. From my perspective, this is great news. United may have to compete. Novel concept.