William P Hobby Airport (KHOU) - Jet Charter Services
When flying into Houston – the Energy Capital of the World – on a private jet, William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is the most convenient place to land.
If you charter a private jet into HOU (ICAO: KHOU), you will be a mere seven miles from downtown Houston. It has all the amenities – including international service – of Houston’s largest airport, George Bush Intercontinental, which is 23 miles from downtown.
Airport Information for William P Hobby Airport (KHOU, HOU)
|LOCATION||Houston, TX, United States|
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Houston: Oil city
The abundance of crude oil, black gold, Texas tea off Houston’s shore has put the city at the center of the energy industry and made it a destination for many chartered business jets.
The largest city in Texas with a population of more than 2.3 million people, Houston is a conglomeration of oil wells, pipelines, refineries and shipping ports. In fact, some 30 percent of the nation’s jobs in oil and gas extraction are in Houston, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Houston has also become the worldwide center for developing new technology in the energy industry, including the development of things like electric cars.
Business executives from all over the world charter private jets into William P. Hobby Airport to get to the 500 oil and gas firms that are headquartered in Houston. Or, they hire a private jet into HOU to get to the nine refineries that produce 2.3 million gallons of crude oil every day.
In its bid to land the 2020 World Petroleum Conference, the city of Houston joined forces with the federal government, energy companies and industry trade associations and convinced the bid committee it was worthy of the prestigious gathering.
“Houston is the perfect location for the WPC. We are home to more than 4,800 oil and gas companies, including 23 Fortune 500 firms and more than 91,000 engineers. Plus, our petrochemicals and gas products are distributed around the world through the Port of Houston which is the number one U.S. port in foreign tonnage,” Galen Cobb, U.S. WPC Bid Committee Chair, said.
Houston is also the headquarters for 16 of the nation’s 20 largest U.S. interstate oil pipeline companies and 17 of the top 20 natural gas transmission companies.
Houston’s cultural diversity is also a plus. More than 140 languages are spoken in the city and nearly 25 percent of Houston’s population was born outside the United States.
Why hire a private jet into HOU?
The oldest commercial airport in Houston, Hobby Airport, is located only seven miles from downtown. The larger, newer – and much busier – George Bush Intercontinental is 23 miles from downtown.
Hobby was Houston’s primary airport before George Bush Intercontinental opened in 1969.
While a handful of commercial flights – American, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest – fly in and out of Hobby Airport, it is mainly used for general aviation, private and charter business jets.
At about a third the size of George Bush, Hobby serves as a reliever airport for general aviation aircraft. More than 13 million passengers used Hobby Airport in 2017, compared to the 40 million passengers that used George Bush with its 126 commercial airlines.
When Hobby Airport opened in 1927, it was merely a landing field called W.T Carter Field. Ten years later, in 1937, the city of Houston bought the airport and renamed it Houston Municipal Airport.
In 1938, the airport renamed again as Howard R. Hughes Airport after the Houston billionaire who had paid for major improvements to the airport and had set a new speed record by flying around the world in 91 hours. But, that name was to be short–lived for city leaders learned that airports named after living individuals did not qualify for federal grant money. It reverted to Houston Municipal Airport.
The airport grew and changed over the years. Paved runways, hangars and lighting were installed during World War II. An international wing was added.
In the 1950s, expansion continued and the name was changed to Houston International Airport.
When the George Bush Intercontinental Airport opened in 1969, it took away all the commercial flights from Houston International (which, to avoid confusion, was renamed the William P. Hobby Airport after the 27th Governor of Texas). Hobby Airport became a general aviation airport.
However, George Bush Intercontinental eventually became overcrowded, sending limited commercial service – Southwest Airlines being the largest carrier – back to Hobby Airport. An international concourse opened there in 2015.
The Houston Airport System – George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Airport, a general aviation/military airport – boasts of having one of the largest collections of art in Texas. Almost everywhere you look, you’ll see paintings, sculptures, photographs and other works of art done mostly by Texas artists.
FBOs at HOU
Jet Aviation Houston offers state–of–the art facilities, amenities and experienced personnel for its services that include domestic and international handling, catering, aircraft cleaning and refueling. Its amenities include:
- Executive terminal
- Executive lounge and conference room
- Crew lounge and snooze room
- Flight planning room and weather service terminals
- 10,000 square foot canopy
- 200,000 square foot ramp
- 85,000 square foot hangar
- Domestic and international handling
- Nightly hangar
Wilson Air Center has hotel–style concierges and boasts of its “Don’t Say No” policy. Offering services for any size aircraft, the Wilson Air Center is located on the less congested south end of the field, adjacent to U.S. Customs Services. Amenities include:
- Presidential suite for flight crews
- Two pilot lounges/snooze rooms
- Executive conference facility
- 20–acre ramp
- 80,000 square foot hangar
- Aircraft fueling
- Freight handling
- Satellite repair facility
Atlantic Aviation has a lounge with flat screen TVs, a snooze room and private showers. The staff will do whatever you need, whether it’s the loan of a crew car or directions to Houston attractions. Amenities include:
- Heated hangar space (up to G650 or Global 6000)
- Ground handling and forklift services
- Air stairs
- Conference room
- Pilot’s lounge, snooze room and showers
- Crew cars
- 24–hour surveillance
Million Air Houston specializes in luxury. A full–service FBO, it promises quick turn times and a luxury facility. It can fuel any aircraft, including a Boeing 757. Amenities include:
- Hospitality bar
- Concierge service
- Pilot lounge
- Theater room
- Business center
- Flight planning and conference rooms
Signature Flight Support said its many reasons to have an FBO in Houston include the city’s attractions; the Port of Houston, the nation’s largest port in international tonnage and second in total tonnage; and Houston’s more than 600 trucking firms and two major rail systems. Amenities include:
- 24–hour surveillance
- Conference rooms
- Crew room
- Kitchen and catering
- Passenger lounge
- Ramp side vehicle access
- Snooze room
- Concierge services
- 200,000 square foot hangar
- 525,000 square foot ramp
Events worthy of private jets
Houston is the oil and gas capital of the United States and, as such, plays host to some of the largest and most prestigious energy conferences in the world.
Business executives, VIPs and oil tycoons rent private jets in and out of William P. Hobby Airport to visit Houston’s vast number of oil businesses and conferences such as:
- The World Petroleum Congress
In 2020, more than 10,000 top–level international oil executives will come to Houston for the World Petroleum Conference, which is held in various locations around the world every three years. It’s an honor for Houston to have landed the conference, which hasn’t been held in the United States since 1987 (when it was in Houston). It will be held Dec. 6–10, 2020.
The World Petroleum Congress attracts the highest level industry and government leaders from around the world. Past conferences have drawn delegates from more than 100 countries, CEOs from more than 500 companies, 80 government delegations and more than 700 speakers.
- OTC Week has been compared to a class reunion of offshore oil industry movers and shakers. OTC – the Offshore Technology Conference – was started in 1969 by a dozen scientific organizations seeking to find better and more environmentally sound ways of extracting oil from the bottom of the sea.
Every May, 100,000 oil and gas techies from all over the world gather at what has become one of the largest annual U.S. tradeshows to talk about above–ground and underwater advancements in the exploration and production of oil.
- CERAWeek is an energy conference held every year in March and attended by some 4,000 industry leaders and policymakers from more than 75 countries to exchange ideas and build relationships between private industry and government.
CERA (Cambridge Energy Research Associates) was founded in 1983 by the energy research and consulting firm of Daniel Yergin and James Rosenfield in Cambridge, Mass. Every year, its clients gathered in Houston for updates on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, technology and strategy. Over the years, the program was expanded to five days and named CERAWeek.
Now called CERAWeek by IHS Markit, it has become a worldwide premier energy event.
- The NAPE Expo is the oil and gas industry’s marketplace for buying, selling and trading. Founded in 1993, NAPE(North American Prospect Expo) has become the largest organization of its kind in the world. Deals are made because all the parties needed to evaluate and fund acquisitions attend. NAPE hosts two annual events in Houston, a global expo in February and a regionally–focused expo in August.
The NAPE Summit: In 2018, according to the NAPE website, 12,000 deal makers and 700 exhibitors who showcased over 50 million prospect acres were in attendance representing 36 countries.
Summer NAPE: This summit is smaller and more regionally focused but has the same knowledgeable attendees.
- The Rice Alliance’s Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum is the largest energy and clean technology venture capital conference in the southwest.
This event is open to anyone involved in the energy and clean technology community in the region. The conference will include industry speakers, investors and promising startups.
- Gastech is the world’s premiere natural gas, LNG and energy exhibition and conference. Gastech 2019 will be held Sept. 17–19 at Houston’s NRG Center. It is the first time in 19 years that the event, which is held every 18 months, will be back in the United States. The conference will host a ministerial and CEO program as well as 360 speakers leading more than 100 technical and strategic conference sessions.
FBOs and Handlers at William P Hobby Airport, KHOU, HOU
|Atlantic Aviation Services||7930 AIRPORT BLVD.||(713) 644-6431|
|Enterprise Jet Center, Inc||8850 WEST MONROE STREET||(713) 358-9100|
|Million Air||7555 Ipswich Rd
Houston, TX 77061
|Raytheon Aircraft Services||8402 NELMS STREET||(713) 567-5000|
|Wilson Air Center||9000 RANDOLF||(713) 649-8700|
Houston, Texas 77061
|Jet Aviation||8620 W. Monroe Rd.
Houston, TX 77061
|Wing Aviation Hobby||8410 Larson St.
Houston, TX 77061
|Atlantic Aviation Services||7930 Airport Blvd.
Houston, TX 77061
|Signature Flight Support||8402 Nelms St.
Houston, TX 77061
|Starflite Aviation||8430 Larson St.
Houston, TX 77061
METAR Weather Data at William P Hobby Airport, KHOU, HOU
|OBSERVED||Sun Nov 18, 20:20 UTC|
|NOW||Sun Nov 18, 20:25 UTC|
|AGE||5 min ago|
|WIND||N at 9 mph|
|VISIBILITY||1 1/2 miles|
|CONDITIONS||light rain & mist|
|BAROMETER||1020 hPa (30.13 in Hg)|
|METAR||KHOU 182020Z 35008KT 1 1/2SM -RA BR SCT006 BKN011 OVC032 17/16 A3013 RMK AO2 P0002 T01670156|