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A second public meeting Tuesday night to help decide whether the city of Houston should allow Southwest airlines to fly international flights out of Hobby airport.  And it appears Southwest maybe cleared for take off.

Houston city councilman James Rodriguez whose district includes Hobby airport was among the elected officials on hand for the city’s presentation to inform the public.  Rodriguez says “this is just a quick overview of the proposal and its just straight forward and its just giving folks the opportunity to listen to what Southwest is proposing.”

It is a contentious issue. Southwest airlines says if it’s allowed to fly international flights out of Hobby it would create 10-thousand news jobs and pump an additional 1.6-billion dollars into our economy.

In sharp contrast United airlines which fiercely opposes the move counters that it would actually cause the loss of 3,700 jobs and drain 295-million dollars from the economy. United has also indicated that it may not spend millions of dollars to improve Intercontinental airport if Hobby gets international flights.  Councilman Rodriguez says he is not persuaded “you know, those are just scare tactics by United and I am not really swayed by that.”

The Mayor and city council could vote on this matter in a couple of weeks. Councilman Rodriguez expects it to pass.  He says things look “very favorable” right now.

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