Hooks Airport started out
on the North side of the airport property, on the other side
of Boudreaux. Mr. Charles G. Hooks first built a runway over
there simply for his own personal use. His hobby eventually
expanded into a business, so he decided to build the runways
and main terminal here on the South side of Boudreaux.
Mr. Hooks’ airport was officially
open to the public in the mid 1960’s. George Bush Sr.
was a congressman at the time, and he actually attended the
grand opening of the airport.
The airport was originally named the Houston
Northwest Airport. Shortly after it opened, Mr. Hooks’
son, David Wayne, was killed in a devastating plane crash
on FM 2920. It was then that Mr. Hooks renamed the airport
David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in honor of his beloved
Mr. Hooks and his wife, Irma, ran the airport
successfully for almost 20 years. Then in the early 1980’s,
Mrs. Hooks was killed in a fatal car crash. The Hooks’
daughter, Katherine, took over for her mother and helped her
father operate and manage the airport. Katherine passed away
in the late 1980’s.
When Mr. Hooks got re-married, he
decided to retire and sold the airport to the Gill family
in 1989. Jag Gill has been the owner and operator of the airport
and the main FBO ever since.