At the June 17 Houston City Council meeting, a five year renewaable lease with American Airlines was approved that gives it access to a shared international gate at Houston Hobby airport.
The $1.7 million agreement provides for 5128 square feet of ticket counter, operations and administrative space, baggage service office, and gate holdroom space. It also provides access to shared terminal space and includes landing fees.
Southwest Airlines built a 5 gate international concourse at Hobby, and gets to keep four of those gates. One gate is for other airlines to share in international service.
And American gets access to that gate and use of the Federal Inspection Service facility.
I’m not suggesting that American is going to start flying internationally from Hobby. They squatted on gates at Love Field for a long time that they didn’t really want to operate, until the Justice Department forced them to give up the gates to Virgin America as part of approval for the US Airways merger (and set off a chain reaction that could wind up kicking Delta out of the airport).
But American’s new lease makes sure that they can offer international service at Houston Hobby if they wanted to. Albeit from a single shared gate. In any case, I found the contract terms interesting.