HOUSTON - Southwest Airlines Co., which previously agreed to build the $156 million terminal at Hobby Airport, said it plans to break ground on the project by the end of September 2013 and to have the terminal running by 2015.
The project will add approximately 10,000 jobs to area, generating about $1.6 billion annually to Houston’s economy.
Southwest has a Houston City Council-approved partnership with the Houston Airport System in which it will fully fund and build the new terminal and then give the terminal to the Houston Airport System to run. Southwest will then lease four out of the five gates at the international terminal for its use.
The Houston Airport System has also decided to build and pay for a new parking garage and roadway modifications at Hobby.
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