HOUSTON Work on William P. Hobby Airport s (HOU) new international terminal took off Monday morning.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, members of Houston City Council and Southwest Airlines representatives held a groundbreaking ceremony before the work began.

Southwest Airlines is spending $150 million to build five new gates where planes will fly internationally for the first time ever at Hobby Airport.

When the work is completed the facility will accommodate regional international flights for Southwest Airlines with service reaching destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and the northern cities of South America.

CEO Gary Kelly said the new terminal will bring new passengers and cheaper fares.

We ll have wonderful opportunities to fly Mexico, Caribbean, Central American, and even the northern most cities of South America and the main thing is it will provide choice, it ll provide competition. We re famous for low fares. You re going to see a lot of fares come down, and a lot more people will be able to afford to fly out of Houston and we re excited about that.

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