Hobby (KHOU) is the Houston metropolitan area's smaller major airport, the other being George Bush Intercontinental. Although the vast majority of flights through the airport are operated by Southwest Airlines, Hobby also see's aircraft from American Eagle, AirTran, Delta, JetBlue, Republic, and Frontier. In addition to commercial operations, Hobby also sees a huge amount of corporate and business jets, who prefer the airport due to its proximity to downtown Houston. HOU also serves as a maintenance center for United Airlines (Previously Continental). It isn't rare to see a United flight from its hub at Bush Intercontinental to Hobby. Hobby has been known for being a specifically domestic airport, but Southwest is expected to begin operations to Mexico and the Caribbean soon.
When spotting at this airport, don't expect a huge variety of airplanes or airlines. You will mostly see Southwest's Boeing 737-300's and occasional 737-700's. Southwest operations begin very early in the morning and are pretty constant up until about midnight and include flights to and from different destinations across the entire country. Spread throughout the day are AirTran's Boeing 717-200's & 737-700's from San Antonio, Austin, Atlanta, and Branson. JetBlue operates Airbus a320's and Embraer E-190's from New York JFK. Republic and Frontier fly to Denver on E-190's and a319's respectively. Delta operates mainline and regional flights to Atlanta on a320's and CRJ-900's. American Eagle operates flights to Dallas - Fort Worth on Embraer ERJ-135's and ERJ-145's.
Houston Hobby has many places to view operations and take pictures. No matter which runway is in use, chances are you can get a good shot from at least one of these locations. See the map below for an overview of the different areas to spot at Hobby. Feel free to contact me with any questions or for more details about spotting at Hobby.
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