Southwest Airlines will begin offering a daily nonstop flight next year between Omaha and Houston’s Hobby Airport, a smaller airport on the south side of the city.
The route will be flown with a Boeing 737 that seats 143 passengers. It will leave Omaha at 10:50 a.m. and land in Houston at 1:15 p.m. The return flight will leave Houston at 5 p.m. and arrive in Omaha at 7:15 p.m.
Southwest didn’t previously fly from Omaha to Houston. United Airlines offers a nonstop flight to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is the city’s larger airport.
Southwest, the largest carrier serving Eppley, offers nine nonstop destinations from Omaha, including Chicago, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. It also has seasonal nonstop flights to Los Angeles and Orlando.
“This announcement marks the fourth new destination by Southwest from Omaha in three years and is a testament to passenger demand fueled by a strong local economy,” said Dave Roth, deputy executive director for the Omaha Airport Authority.
The flights are available to purchase immediately; the daily flight won’t begin until March 9.