Houston Intercontinental (IAH) Airport
Houston Intercontinental IAH Airport Overview
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.
(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 Terminals B overhaul, Terminal D's demolishion, building new International Terminal, and the landside roadways:
1. United's Terminal B Overhaul: (a) Terminal B's South Concourse will have gates 12 - 20 by Oct.'14 - thereafter a 6,000 square-foot United Club will be added); (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. Landside roadways are being repaired until June 2015.
3. New InternationalTerminal D: June 18, 2014: Houston City Council members unanimously voted to build a new terminal with 15 gates -each to accommodate wide-body aircraft. It is to be located on the same location as the currrent TD (to be eventually demolished), and will be built in phases: construction to start by mid-2015.
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: Phase 3A will build temporary vertical circulation core for transition between new & existing facility; at Phase 3B new C pier opens processor.
Phase 4 , 5 & 6 will follow therafter.