Houston Hobby Airport

Hard hat tour of Southwest’s Houston Hobby terminal

Houston Hobby Airport - hat keychains

In October, 2015, Houston’s Hobby Airport will celebrate the opening of its international terminal, featuring a new concourse with 5 gates (but space for up to 12), a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility, a new parking garage with more than 3000 spaces and assorted roadway modifications and improvements.

The $156 million project is a joint effort between HOU and Southwest Airlines, currently the airport’s largest carrier, which will initially operate four of the five gates in the new terminal with plans to add flights to and from several cities in Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize. Southwest currently serves Aruba from HOU.

Here are some pictures from a recent hard hat tour of the terminal:

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Snack Saturday at Houston Hobby Airport

Our occasional Snack Saturday feature highlights foods to look for when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s snacks come from Houston Hobby Airport, where the Rodeo Houston store carries Alamo Crackers

Snack Saturday: Houston Hobby Airport Alamo Crackers

Wild West Peanut Brittle

Houston Hobby Wild West Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle: fuel for cowboys?

And these adorable chocolate cow cookies.

Houston Hobby Cow Town Cookies

Not just cow cookies: chocolate cow cookies!

Tomorrow – on Souvenir Sunday – we’ll put the snacks away and take a tour of some of the fun, offbeat, inexpensive souvenirs for sale at Houston’s Hobby Airport.  Like these ‘must have’ salt and pepper shakers:

Houston Hobby Sale and Pepper Shakers

A big tip of our cowboy hat to Melissa Sustaita of the Houston Airport System for sharing her photos.

Museum Monday: 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston Hobby Airport

There are close to 700 aviation and space museums in this country. Each Monday, we take a look at one of them.  Stick around. Eventually we’ll visit them all!

This week: The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport.

Vintage view of Houston Hobby Airport terminal

Greetings from Houston Hobby Airport

Housed in the airport’s original art deco air terminal,the museum is dedicated to showcasing the city’s aviation history.

In addition to this classic, restored terminal building, the museum has historic aircraft on display in the restored 1928 Carter Field Airmail Hangar.

Restored 1928 Carter Field Airmail Hangar

1928 Carter Field Airmail Hangar

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum recently raffled off an airplane and is now accepting entries for a “Flying Times” art exhibition featuring artwork and objects relating to Commercial aviation, General Aviation, or Space.

Not sure if you want to enter? Consider this: cash prizes will be awarded for the best work (1st prize: $500, 2nd Prize: $250, 3rd prize: $100) and for the work that best depicts the terminal building ($50 prize.)  Cash prizes will also be awarded in several other categories. The deadline for entries is September 1, 2010 and the show will run from September 17 through October 31, 2010.  Look here for entry forms and more information about the 1940 Air Terminal Museum’s art contest. And good luck!

Houston Hobby Airport opening day

Houston Hobby Airport - Opening Day

Do you have a favorite aviation or space museum?  If so, nominate it here and it may be featured on a future edition of Museum Monday here at StuckatTheAirport.com.