Annual HobbyFest Celebrates Houston Air Travel
News from Houstonia Magazine:

Things are pretty busy over at Hobby Airport, especially with the impending international expansion. But that won’t stop the nearly 88-year-old airport from hosting a big bash tomorrow for the city it has served for so long.

For over 20 years, the airport has hosted HobbyFest, an annual celebration for the surrounding neighborhoods and anyone else in the city who wants to hang out on the airport grounds. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, will feature free food and beverages,…………… continues on Houstonia Magazine

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Air travel in Cortez nosedives
News from Cortez Journal:

One year after Great Lakes Airlines announced reduced flights to and from Cortez, the number of local passengers fell by more than half.

With daily service to Denver, the Cortez Municipal Airport hit an all-time high with 11,205 passengers in 2007. Then the Great Recession hit, and by 2010, Cortez recorded just 7,046 passengers, a 37 percent dip in three years.

The following year, local airline passengers started to rebound, and by 2013, the number had climbed back up to 8,837. Yet, a double-dip occurred after Federal Aviation Administration officials announced new pilot training requirements. The measure slashed the number of available pilots, and the airport recorded a new low of only 4,125 airline passengers in 2014, a decrease of 53 percent from the previous year.

“We’ve hit a couple of double bounces – boom boom,” said airport manager Russ Machen. “I hope we can now start to climb back up.”

During the first quarter of 2015, monthly passenger numbers are down from 2014. For example, the airport reported 625 passengers in January 2014 but only 222 this year. The same monthly trend was evident in February, dropping from 496 last year to 1…………… continues on Cortez Journal

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