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As its Texas neighbor American falters, still-rosy Southwest sets up a bigger base in its backyard.

By Brittany Umar

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Popular searches on the Internet include Southwest Airlines after news that the company will spend $100 million to expand Houston’s William Hobby Airport to include international flights.

Southwest will design and build five new gates and a customs facility at the airport. In exchange, the airline will receive preferential scheduling rights and be able to use the international gates and customs facility without paying any rent. Southwest hopes to offer international flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America out of the airport upon the work’s completion.

The expansion of the airport is expected to take two years, with international flights being offered in 2015.

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