Houston Intercontinental IAH Airport Overview

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.

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 an annual passenger count of about 39.8 million, 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. 
SAS Scandinavian Airlines started a 6-day/week service to Stavanger, Norway - the non-stop flight uses the Boeing Business Jet with 44 seats and full passenger service.

(a) Subscribers to Airlines' paperless boarding
now receive their boarding pass electronically on their mobile phone or PDA.
(b) 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).  NOTE that 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 moe information visit globalentry.gov.
(c) TSA Pre-check is now available.  The TSA tel. number is 281-848-2957.
(d) Self-service kiosks with Automated Passport Control (APC) technology are available to U.S. & Canadian citizens who arrive at IAH from international flights. 

The on-Airport 'Airport Marriott Hotel' is located in the center of the Airport terminal complex (tel. 281-443-2310 or 800-228-9290), linking the airside of the terminals to the hotel's dining & conference rooms. The hotel also provides free underground train service.

Houston Intercontinental Airport has five passenger terminals - TA though TE.

Future Airport Developments include Terminal B overhaul, & a new International Terminal D. (Landside roadways are being repaired until June 2015):
    1. United's Terminal B Overhaul:  (a) A 6,000 square-foot United Club will be added soon)
(b) 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. 
    2. By mid-2015, construction starts on a new Terminal D with 15 gates (accommodating wide-body aircraft)  to be completed in phases -using the site of the current TD, which will gradually be demolished):
Phase 1 construction:  build C Pier end; build temporary jetbridges; & start on East C Pier extention & central processor;
Phase 2 construction: renovate C Pier in gate-by-gate phases; constructon to continue on East C Pier extension & central processor;
Phase 3 construction:  (a) Phase 3A will build temporary vertical circulation core for transition between new & existing facility;  (b) at Phase 3B  new C pier opens processor.
Phases 4 , 5 & 6 will follow therafter - tentative completion of Phase 6 is forcasted for 2021.

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