Southwest Gets Approval for International Terminal

Southwest is officially going global. The Houston City Council approved Southwest's proposal to build a new international terminal at Hobby Airport. The new terminal will likely open for flights starting in 2015.

Hobby—Houston's older and smaller airport—is the focus of Southwest's extensive operations in the area, and it makes a logical gateway for Southwest's initial foray into international flying.

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In normal circumstances, this deal would have been a no-brainer for everybody involved. But United tried to fight it, in a vain attempt to avoid Southwest's formidable competition on flights to nearby points in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and northern South America.

But good sense prevailed, and you should be able to enjoy the benefits in a few years.

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