Officials with the Houston Airport System are encouraging travelers to reserve parking and arrive early this Labor Day weekend as the system is anticipating hundreds of thousands of passengers traveling through George Bush Intercontinental Airport, or IAH, and William P. Hobby Airport, according to an Aug. 29 news release.

By the numbers
  • 836,000 passengers are expected between Thursday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 4, with Friday, Sept. 1 being the busiest travel day of the weekend.
  • Hobby Airport is expected to see about 24% of that Labor Day weekend traffic, while 76% of those passengers will be traveling in and out of IAH.
  • About 80% of travelers are taking domestic flights with 20% of trips being international.
  • An estimated 15 million or more passengers will have traveled through the two airports between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2023. This is a 5% increase when compared to the summer of 2019.
What you need to know

Labor Day travelers should arrive early and reserve parking online to guarantee a spot as high volumes are expected at terminal garages.

There may also be delays getting to and from IAH as the construction of a new terminal is ongoing. To avoid congestion, those picking up passengers at the Arrivals curb should wait in a cell phone lot until their passenger is ready. Terminals A, B and C will offer the fastest pickup, according to the release.