Houston Intercontinental Airport IAH
serves the country's fourth largest City of Houston and the Gulf Coast region in Southeast Texas. It is presently one of the top five airports in the world and continues to attract more air carriers and add more destination points. According to 'Trusted Traveler Network', Houston Intercontinental is one of the most international-friendly points of entry for foreign travelers. in May 2016, IAH achieved a quality 4-star rating from Skytrax (one of only 3 US airports).
IAH Airport is about 23 miles north of downtown Houston - accessible from Interstate Hwy 45, Hwy. 59, Hardy and Sam Houston (Beltway 8) Toll Roads.
With five long runways and 41.6 million passenges in 2016, Houston Intercontinental Airport is hub to United Airlines, and is served by a multitude of major airlines offering direct and connecting flights to countless destinations in the U.S. and around the world. Skytrax awarded Houston Intercontinental in March 2017 number 3 ranking among most improved worldwide airports and number 9 for dining.
- Air New Zealand started in Dec. 2016 with five weekly nonstop service to New Zealand
- Spirit added April 27, 2017 two more routes: to Newark EWR and to Seattle-Tacoma SEA.
- Singapore Airlines started Jan. 2017 with flights to Singapore on its Boeing B7777-300 aircraft.
- Volaris started flights to Mexico City & Houston in early March 2017
- United hosted Feb. 2017 its preview of new Terminal C North
- WestJet offers Tues-Sun flights to/from Calgary
- Vacation Express starts seasonal service to Punta Cana, between May 26 & August 4, 2017.
- Volaris low-cost Mexican airline added Mexico City in March 2017.
Current Airlines serving Terminals A through E: (United Clubs are in Terminals A, B, C, & E);
- TA: Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Elite, Frontier, Spirit, Texas Sky, United & WestJet.
- TB: United
- TC: United
- TD: Aeromexico, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, ANA All Nippon, Avianaca, British Airways, Emirates, Eva Air, InterJet, KLM, Korean, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore, Turkish, Vacation Express, VivaAerobus and Volaris
- TE: United
Passenger pick ups /drop offs:
(a) Pick up –
outside Baggage Claim/Arrivals Level - follow signs to 'Ground Transportation'; exit through doors marked 'Passenger Pick-Up':
- Terminal A: North Side, Door A-113
- Terminal B: North Side, Door B-101
- Terminal C: North side, Door C-102
- Terminal E: West side, Door E-101 or E-102
(b) Drop off –
All Terminals, Departures Level.
- Subscribers to Airlines' paperless boarding
now receive their boarding pass electronically on their mobile phone or PDA.
- Global Entry:
The automated self-service kiosk is intended for frequent travelers, enrolled in the Global Entry system
, to bypass passport control, customs & Immigration when returning to the U.S., by simply activating their data at this kiosk (note that the Global Entry program is now extended to Mexican citizens). A Satellite Enrollment Center for the Global Entry program
is now available on the mezzanine level of the City Hall Vistor's Center in Houston. For more information visit globalentry.gov.
- A TSA Pre-check application center
opened August 2016 in the pre-seucrity area. (TSA tel. 281-848-2957 or open www.tsa.gov.)
- Self-service kiosks with Automated Passport Control (APC) technology
are available to U.S. & Canadian citizens who arrive at IAH from international flights.
- As of January 22, 2018 passengers will need an alternate ID to fly if they have a driver's license or ID issued by any of the following states: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma,, Pennsylvania, South Carolina & Washington.
The recently remodeled on-Airport 'Airport Marriott Hotel'
is located in the center of the Airport terminal complex - the airside of the terminals is linked to the hotel's dining & conference rooms. The hotel also provides free underground train service. Tel.: 281-443-2310 or 800-228-9290).
Houston Intercontinental Airport has five passenger terminals - TA though TE (for terminal details, please open 'Terminal Maps' and scroll down to the detailed text.
Present and Future Airport Developments
(Terminal B overhaul, new Terminal C North; new International Terminal D:
Current United's Terminal B Overhaul:
- Construction Phases 2 & 3 involve the overhaul of the Central Terminal B lobby, baggage claim areas, new international-capable North Concourse for mainline & regional jets; new Federal Inspection Services facility & infrastructure improvements - tentatively scheduled for completion in 2019.
New Terminal C North
has been completed in Feb. 2017, whereupon the current TC North facility wll be demolished to make way for the Mickey Leland International Terminal D.
A new International Terminal D is now under construction - named after Mickey Leland, with 15 gates
(to eventually replace the current Terminal D). It is to be completed in phases: Demolition work on the current Terminal D is scheduled to start 2017
, with the new terminal to be operational by year-end 2021.
- Phase 1 is to build C Pier's end & temporary jetbridges; and to start on East C Pier extention & central processor;
- Phase 2 is to renovate C Pier in gate-by-gate phases; construction to continue on East C Pier extension & central processor;
- Phases 3A-3B: Phase 3A creates a temporary vertical circulation core for transit between new & existing facilities; Phase 3B opens the processor of the new C pier.
- Phases 4 , 5 & 6 will follow therafter, ending tentatively by 2021.
The addition of new parking facilities at EcoPark II lot will add 2,200 spaces.