Southwest Airlines just opened the company’s biggest maintenance hangar in Texas — but it’s not in Dallas

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Southwest Airlines opened a new 240,000-square-foot hangar at Houston Hobby Airport on Wednesday, making it the Dallas-based airline’s largest aircraft maintenance facility anywhere.

The hangar is the base for Southwest’s growing technical operations group in Houston, which has 400 employees. It can hold up to six 737 aircraft indoors, and there’s room for another eight planes outside. Houston is key to Southwest’s growing Central America network and a connecting point for destinations such as Cancun, Mexico; Liberia, Costa Rica; and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Southwest has nearly 200 departures a day from Hobby and serves about 70 destinations throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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