New ticket counter at Hobby for domestic and international flights

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HOUSTON, Texas - On Tuesday, Southwest airlines opened its new ticket counter at Hobby airport, as the company is getting ready to expand its international flights to and from the Bayou City.

"This is really the first opening piece of a $156 million terminal that Southwest Airlines has been constructing here at Houston Hobby airport," said Brad Hawkins, spokesman for Southwest.  "And this is part of our international future."

Passengers were redirected to the new ticketing hall, where they found self-service stations, new self tagging options for bags and plenty of space for a smoother check in.  The newly inaugurated counter will serve 170 departures a day to 54 domestic cities.  Right behind it, still under construction, the five-gate international terminal and concourse will begin operations on Oct. 15.

"Today we're opening this new ticket counter with domestic service, and in six weeks we're gonna have international daily service from Houston Hobby," he added.  "We're gonna fly to four cities in Mexico: Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.  We're also gonna fly to Belize and to San Jose, Costa Rica."  The company will add daily services to Guanacaste in Costa Rica, and Montego Bay, starting Nov. 1.

The airline that coined the slogan "you're now free to move about the country" is now trying new frontiers.   With headquarters in Dallas, Southwest has grown to be the largest domestic carrier in the United States.