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Old March 29th, 2015, 12:53 PM   #241
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Note: that San Jose fro HOU would be San Jose, Costa Rica... There are quite a lot of cities named San Jose, in which there is also an airport in San Jose, California (due south of me). When I read airport listings, they list airports, such that:

- San Jose (CA) (Norman Y. Mineta) — SJC
- San Jose (CR) (Santa Maria) — SJO
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Old March 31st, 2015, 06:56 AM   #242
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Volaris Celebrates arrival at Bush Intercontinental Airport

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March 25, 2015

Volaris added to its expanding route network connecting Mexico and the United States this week when its first nonstop flight between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) landed in Houston.

The inaugural service was celebrated when the March 25 flight touched down in Houston. It was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute and dozens of well-wishers.

“Houston already enjoys greater connectivity with Mexico than any other city in the United States and that bond is going to be even stronger with the arrival of Volaris,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. “Volaris recognizes Houston’s position as a growing global hub with limitless potential and we are thrilled they are expanding our region’s footprint with more valuable air service to Mexico.”

Volaris’ arrival is the latest in a parade of new service options coming to IAH. Six new international carriers either launched or announced Houston service at IAH between January 2014 and January 2015. Bush Airport serves as a global gateway to more than 70 international destinations and offers service to more Mexican destinations than any other U.S. airport.

“Passengers at Bush Airport continue to enjoy an unprecedented level of connectivity with Latin America and new partners like Volaris are helping to make that connection even stronger,” Diaz said. “This new non-stop service complements the continued expansion of the international service available at IAH and will provide Volaris’ customers with even better access to our dynamic, growing city and all that it offers.”

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Also according to Interjet's twitter feed, Interjet is looking to add nonstop service to Mexico City from IAH as well (the link is in Spanish at the bottom). This would mean that (United, Southwest, Aeromexico, Interjet) would fly the Houston-Mexico City route increasing the competition on the already competitive route.

Interjet: Directo y sin escalas, estrenamos ruta México-Houston a partir del 12 de mayo.
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Old April 1st, 2015, 06:38 AM   #243
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Old April 1st, 2015, 06:39 AM   #244
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Old April 1st, 2015, 06:48 AM   #245
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Old April 1st, 2015, 06:49 AM   #246
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Old April 16th, 2015, 01:59 AM   #248
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Air NZ says Houston flights will be its longest

Updated 26 min ago10:20 AM Thursday Apr 16, 2015

Air New Zealand's Auckland-Houston flights to will be the longest on the airline's network.

It will take about 13hours 50 minutes to make the near 11,990km flight to the Texan city and an extra 40 minutes to fly back to New Zealand into prevailing head winds.

This will be another 30 minutes more than the airline's current longest flight - the Auckland - Vancouver service, a distance of around 11,340km.

For its Houston flights the airline will use refurbished Boeing 777-200s and are set to start in December.

Houston will allow New Zealanders to fly directly into the southern heart of America, is a major hub for the southern and eastern United States and also offers good connectivity to the Caribbean and Latin America. Houston links well to feeder flights from US Star Alliance partner, United Airlines.

Flights could be up to five times a week depending on the time of year and Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said it was hoped to build services up to daily.....

Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=11433100
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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:56 AM   #249
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Sounds like it is official that Houston will be the next US destination for Air New Zealand.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 07:35 AM   #250
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This airport gets worse every time I go through it.

First time, I was out of the airport about 20 minutes after landing thanks to the awesome OneStop service for those travelling with no checked baggage.

The time after that, the OneStop service had disappeared (later learning that they close it when it's busy so they can use the guy working the counter on another counter) but was still able to bypass the luggage carousel and customs as I only had hand luggage.

Last week, again the OneStop service was closed, they told me that it closes at 5pm (in an "Intercontinental" airport), 5 minutes before a full-to-capacity A380 lands - great timing! So after an incredibly long wait, this time I am not allowed to leave the airport straight away, ALL passengers, even those only with hand luggage, must now go down to baggage reclaim and join another queue behind dozens of people with several massive suitcases to hand over your immigration slip.

I dread to think what other scheme they will have thought up to inconvenience passengers next time I visit.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 12:17 AM   #251
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How do you travel between Dubai and Houston with no checked bags???
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Old April 17th, 2015, 12:30 PM   #252
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Quite easily, my trips to Houston are usually only 4/5 days.
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Old April 18th, 2015, 01:35 AM   #253
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Originally Posted by killerk View Post
Updated 26 min ago10:20 AM Thursday Apr 16, 2015

Air New Zealand's Auckland-Houston flights to will be the longest on the airline's network.

It will take about 13hours 50 minutes to make the near 11,990km flight to the Texan city and an extra 40 minutes to fly back to New Zealand into prevailing head winds.

This will be another 30 minutes more than the airline's current longest flight - the Auckland - Vancouver service, a distance of around 11,340km.

For its Houston flights the airline will use refurbished Boeing 777-200s and are set to start in December.

Houston will allow New Zealanders to fly directly into the southern heart of America, is a major hub for the southern and eastern United States and also offers good connectivity to the Caribbean and Latin America. Houston links well to feeder flights from US Star Alliance partner, United Airlines.

Flights could be up to five times a week depending on the time of year and Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said it was hoped to build services up to daily.....

Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=11433100
Hopefully they will since they have 787s replacing 767s and 777 routes from AKL so they will have plenty of 777s to make the route daily when it becomes mature. What are the timings of the flights and the days?
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Old April 20th, 2015, 08:51 PM   #254
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They have'nt decided on the timing and days yet....They should be ready with the schedule next month when ticket sales start...
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Old May 10th, 2015, 04:57 AM   #256
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Spirit just started it's first nonstop flight from IAH to Cancun with more flights to Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica to follow.

Spirit begins service to Latin American destinations

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May 7, 2015

Spirit Airlines is giving Houston even more connectivity to Latin America with the launch of several new nonstop flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Nonstop service to Cancun, Mexico will mark Spirit Airlines' inaugural international flight at IAH to be followed by six additional Latin American destinations in the coming days. The Cancun service launches on May 7, 2015 followed by Los Cabos, Mexico; Toluca, Mexico; Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador.

“Spirit Airlines undoubtedly recognizes the opportunities associated with an economy as dynamic as Houston’s,” said Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. “They’ve already proven their commitment to an aggressive growth strategy on the domestic front, and now we’re anxious to see Spirit apply that same philosophy to Houston’s international route map.”

The debut is part of the steady growth by Spirit, which announced last year the addition of 10 new nonstop destinations out of IAH, bringing the total of routes served to 22. This includes expanded domestic service to Tampa and Baltimore/Washington, which began in March, and nonstop service to Oakland/San Francisco, which began in April.

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Old May 16th, 2015, 09:56 PM   #257
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Southwest Airlines is starting new service from Houston-Hobby to Liberia, Costa Rica and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Southwest announces more international flights from Houston

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) on May 13 announced it will launch two more international flights out of Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport this fall.
The flights to Liberia, Costa Rica, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, will start Nov. 1, according to Gary Kelly, CEO of the Dallas-based airline.

Construction on Southwest’s new international terminal at Hobby is expected to be complete this fall. Southwest already has announced plans to operate several other flights to Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize.

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Also they have added a new domestic flight from Houston-Hobby to Lubbock.

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Old May 16th, 2015, 10:04 PM   #258
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International Destinations served directly from Houston-Hobby Airport (HOU) as of 2015:



Aruba (seasonal)
Belize City (begins October 15, 2015)
Cancun (begins October 15, 2015)
Liberia (CR) (begins November 1, 2015)
Mexico City (begins October 15, 2015)
Montego Bay (begins November 1, 2015)
Puerto Vallarta (begins October 15, 2015)
San Jose (CR) (begins October 15, 2015)
San José del Cabo (begins October 15, 2015)
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Old June 6th, 2015, 05:24 PM   #259
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Some new international services

12 June All Nippon Airlines NRT-IAH daily B77W
19 June EVA Air TPE-IAH 3 weekly B77W; 7 July 4 weekly
8 September WestJet YYC-IAH daily B737-700
15 December Air New Zealand AKL-IAH 5 weekly B772
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Old June 13th, 2015, 10:41 PM   #260
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ANA just launched their new service from IAH to Tokyo-Narita yesterday.



ANA Celebrates Inaugural Houston-Tokyo Flight

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ANA CEO, Houston Airport System Director of Aviation, local officials and passengers gathered for send-off

Houston, Texas June 12, 2015. - Following a ribbon cutting and sake ceremony, the inaugural flight of ANA’s newest route bound for Tokyo Narita Airport, departed Houston George Bush International Airport this morning - underscoring the global importance of the city of Houston.

“We aim to provide our customers with greater choice and flexibility for destinations and travel schedules,” said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA. “As a key market for the U.S. oil and gas industry, expanding service to Houston— the North American destination for ANA— emphasizes our desire to make travel more convenient. Additionally, this new route will allow us to improve access between Asia and Latin America.”

A member of the Star Alliance and joint venture partner with United Airlines, ANA expanded its nonstop service to Houston, providing passengers with additional daily flights between Houston and Tokyo. Star Alliance members can now choose a morning or afternoon departure in each direction, providing greater flexibility for travelers, especially those taking advantage of ANA’s expanded service to other Asian and American destinations beyond Houston or Tokyo.

“The economic and cultural ties that exist between Houston and Japan continue to strengthen and the arrival of All Nippon Airways is a testament to that growth,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “The City of Houston is thrilled to welcome Japan’s leading airline and we look forward to enjoying an even greater level of connectivity in Asia, thanks to ANA’s extensive global route network.”

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