"Southwest will continue to expand internationally at other U.S. cities if it cannot do so at Hobby, leading to fewer local air travelers at Hobby, diversion of connecting passengers from Houston and the loss of associated economic benefit," Diaz wrote.
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So the question is, for city of Houston, does it benefit them more to open the required facilities at HOU or to force WN to hub at another city? Seriously, without the connections HOU offers, international flights out of Houston for WN would be trivial. They would instead launch service from another airport in most likely another state.
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The WN network is going through HOU. That is where passengers will connect. This really isn't that difficult to understand.
WN is obviously going to launch international service from airports that they already have a significant presence. I'm actually surprised they didn't start from either FLL, BWI, MCO, or LAX (terminal 2?). Either HOU provides the FIS and associated services, or WN starts the service elsewhere and offers Houston O&D traffic connections elsewhere (e.g., FLL to the Caribbean).
Whichever airport launches international service from is likely to gain the most connections and thus the most jobs. Now since WN flies out of MDW, Dallas is out of the consideration for obvious reasons.
How final is this decision? What other steps must be passed before WN is able to launch international service from HOU?