Houston by Private Jet
One of the most dynamic cities in the southern United States, Houston in the fourth biggest city by population in the US after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The city itself is a melting pot of diversity, powered by an almost tangible sense of energy, charisma and confidence that sets it apart from almost any other city in the State. And to be honest it is well deserved.
Houston is a major city in global terms, with enormous interests in business, commerce, trade and culture. It also boasts a significant presence in education, science, and technology. This strong underlying infrastructure, and its important geographical location (Houston is located on the Gulf of Mexico), have lead to the city being recognised globally for its importance to the oil and gas industry in particular. Over 5,000 energy firms have a base in the area, supported by countless other companies that provide support to the industry such as hardware manufacturers. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is held annually in Houston, which is the largest oil and gas trade show in the world.
As with any city of such stature, but in particular given its importance in the oil and gas sphere, Houston is a very busy place as far as business jet charters are concerned. There are three principal airports that serve Houston and to which we regularly see charter enquiries. These are:
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IATA: IAH, ICAO: KIAH)
Bush Intercontinental is situated 37km’s north of downtown Houston, and is one of the busiest airports in the continental US. The airport is capable of handling all different class types and sizes of aircraft, with two FBO’s on site to look after all private charter flights and VIP requirements.
William P Hobby Airport (IATA: HOU, ICAO: KHOU)
William P Hobby Airport is Houstons oldest airport, and served as its primary international gateway until it was superceded by George Bush Intercontinental in 1969. Located 11km to the south east of the city centre, Willaim P Hobby is the preferred entry point for international and domestic private jet charters. The airport is open 24 hours a day and is capable of handling all sizes of air traffic.
Given it’s popularity with private and executive jet charters, there are five FBO’s on site at William P Hobby, meaning it is one of the most well serviced airports for those arriving by private jet. A new international terminal is currently under construction, which is due for completion later this year.
Ellington Airport (IATA: EFD, ICAO: KEFD)
Ellington Airport is unusual by comparison to George Bush Intercontinental and William P Bobby in that it is used for both military and public flights. 28km’s to the south of the city centre, the airport is approximately a 25 minute drive from downtown Houston. The airport is served by one FBO and is capable of handling all categories of private jet aircraft.