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George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH IATA) is the main international airport of Houston and a major gateway into Texas.

Understand[edit]

Until its opening in 1969, William P. Hobby Airport was the main airport of the region, serving quite a bit of intercontinental service. While Intercontinental was meant to replace Hobby, it ended up supplementing it to the point that there was even planes flying between the two as "cross-town shuttles" in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Continental Airlines established a dual hub systen with IAH and Hobby, and United eventually inherited the Intercontinental hub when they mergered. In fact, this airport is United's largest hub and also host's the airline's (and one of the world's) longest flight (Houston - Sydney).

Flights[edit]

Map of George Bush Intercontinental Airport

There are five terminals at the airport - Terminals A-C for domestic flights, and Terminals D and E for international flights.

United is almost in every terminal, speaking to the size of the hub.

  Terminal A
Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, United (check in at Terminal B), Westjet
  Terminal B
United
  Terminal C
United
  Terminal D
Aeromexico, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Avianca, Bahamasair, British Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Interjet, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris
  Terminal E
United

There are some interesting fifth-freedom flights here - Singapore Airlines operates a Houston-Manchester-Singapore flight, and Air China operates a Beijing-Houston-Panama City flight.

Customs[edit]

All international arrivals except preclearance flights must go through customs. While the building for that is techinally part of Terminal E, in practice it is shared by both international terminals D and E (terminals that are already quite interconnected, sharing a check-in area), which have bridges to the international arrivals processing area.

Ground transportation[edit]

The light rail hasn't been extended to the airport yet, so car travel is probably your best option

By car[edit]

Take I-69 or I-45 to Beltway 8 or the Will Clayton Parkway, where the airport can be accessed from.

By bus[edit]

The METRO (Houston's public transit authority) operates the 102 Bush IAH Express to the south side of terminal C.

EVA Air operates shuttles for its passengers between the Richardson Tapioca House in Dallas Chinatown and the airport, as well as a service to and from Austin (only available for Laurel class passengers).

Get around[edit]

There are two train services - the Skyway (post-security) and the Subway (pre-security) They stop at all the terminals (Terminals D and E are combined into one stop) while the Subway makes an extra stop at the airport Mariott.

Wait[edit]

Lounges[edit]

  • Air China.
  • Air France.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club.
  • British Airways.
  • American Express Centurion Lounge.
  • Emirates.
  • EVA Air.
  • KLM.
  • Lufthansa.
  • Qatar Airways. Opens 4 hours before departure.
  • United Lounges.
    • United Club.
      • Terminal E, between Gates E11 and E12.
      • Terminal C, South Concourse, toward Gate C33.
      • Terminal B, South Mezzanine, above the United Express ticket counter.
      • Terminal A, across from Gate A9.
      • Terminal C, near Gate C1. 5:30 AM - 10:30 PM.
    • United Polaris Lounge, Terminal E, between the United Club location and Gate E12.
  • USO Lounge.

Eat and Drink[edit]

Buy[edit]

Connect[edit]

The airport has free Wi-Fi - simply connect to "Free Airport WIFI" and agree to the terms to get connected.

Cope[edit]

Sleep[edit]

There is one hotel directly at the airport:

  • AIrport Mariott.

Nearby[edit]

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