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Monthly Update: Aviation

February '24, latest data
Published on 3/28/24

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The Houston Airport System (HAS) handled 60.4 million passengers in the 12 months ending February ’24, up 8.0 percent from 55.9 million handled over the comparable period in ’23. Traffic is above February ’20 and pre-pandemic levels.

Houston currently offers direct service to 69 foreign markets, behind Chicago but ahead of Dallas-Fort Worth in international destinations served. Houston’s international air connections continue to expand, with service to Georgetown, Guyana; Tulum, Mexico; and Medellin, Colombia scheduled to begin this spring. International travel should increase as major renovations near completion at the Mickey Leeland International Terminal. The $1.4 billion project includes a major overall of the concourse, passenger areas, ticketing areas, baggage handling, baggage inspection, passenger drop-off and pick-up, parking, and supporting infrastructure.

HAS handled over half a million metric tons of air cargo in the 12 months ending February ’24. While a 2.0 percent drop over the comparable period last year, cargo traffic for the period was nearly 20,000 tons over pre-pandemic levels. 

Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Chief Economist 
Senior Vice President, Research

Leta Wauson
Research Director


HAS handled 60.4 million passengers in the 12 months ending February '24

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