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More than a dozen air carriers restart international service to Houston’s Airports following unprecedented COVID-19 travel decline.

HOUSTON – Air France, Emirates, Qatar Airways and United Airlines join the ranks of nearly a dozen other air carriers that have restarted International service to Houston following the unprecedented COVID-19 travel decline.

The latest air carrier service restorations from Air France, Qatar Airways, and United Airlines on Sept. 2 mark Houston’s significant rebound in connectivity to European, Middle Eastern and Latin American destinations. Nearly two-thirds of the airlines providing international service at George Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby airport (HOU) have now been restored following a sharp decline of air service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Texas, Houston has the most airlines providing service to Mexico. Some airlines – VivaAerobus and Volaris – are even adding new service to select destinations they had not previously served from Houston.

The following airlines have restarted their international services to and from Houston:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Qatar Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • VivaAerobus
  • Volaris

“We are an international city with an economy that thrives on global connectivity,” City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “These significant steps in restoring air service will help Houston begin to recover from the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. I can assure you that this meaningful and significant restoration of international air-service is being matched with a strong emphasis on safety.”

In March, the global aviation industry began experiencing a sharp decline in air service. At the height of the downturn in April, Houston experienced a 95% decline in air traffic. Houston has seen steady growth despite travel bans and restrictions still in place for large markets.

“The growing network of international connectivity will continue to meet pent-up demand in Houston and the surrounding region,” Houston Airports Aviation Director Mario Diaz said. “Our focus is to increase passenger traffic while continuing to protect the health and safety of passengers in our airports through our signature FlySafe Houston initiative. We are doing our part, and our airline partners are doing their part, so that travelers are safe at every step of the air travel experience.”

With the recent international service expansion, the public once again can enjoy nonstop service from Houston to the following destinations:

  • Cancun
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Cozumel
  • Guadalajara
  • Leon/Guanajuato
  • Mexico City
  • Monterrey
  • Oaxaca
  • Puebla
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Queretaro
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Tampico
  • Aruba
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Lima, Peru
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Paris, France
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Toronto, Canada
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