Intercontinental is in, as JetBlue quits its Hobby. In a release today, the low-cost carrier announced that it would be swapping its current Houston area service from Hobby Airport (HOU) across town to the north and begin serving Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) this fall.
Starting on October 27, JetBlue’s two nonstop routes to Boston (BOS) and New York-Kennedy (JFK) will now arrive and depart from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and operations at the Southwest heavy Hobby Airport will be shuttered.
Customers who have already purchased tickets will automatically be rebooked to the new airport and will be contacted by JetBlue to confirm the updated reservations. Travelers who aren’t in line with the relocation may receive a full refund if their flights are affected.
JetBlue will join a slew of other U.S.-based carriers such as Frontier, Delta, Alaska, Spirit, and American at Terminal A when it shifts its service to IAH in late October. The carrier claims that the move is geared to improve customer experience by giving tech-savvy travelers a more “cutting-edge” airport option. Despite renovations at Houston-Hobby over the last decade, JetBlue believes that the move to Intercontinental will benefit passengers looking for a wider array of food options, free Wi-Fi, charging stations, and will build on its customer base in the greater Houston area.