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George Bush Intercontinental Airport

(IAH)

Houston, Texas, USA

IATA Code IAH ICAO Code KIAH
City Houston Country/Region USA (US)
Type

Airport (Part 139 Class I)

Customs
Hub for UA
Latitude 29.9844 Longitude -95.3414
Time Zone -07:00 Phone Number (281) 230-3100
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Overview:

 

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IATA code: IAH, ICAO code: KIAH), is a major international airport that serves the Greater Houston metropolitan area in Houston, Texas, in the United States. George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is about 23 miles (37 km) north of Downtown Houston between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 and has direct access to the Hardy Toll Road expressway, has scheduled flights to numerous domestic and international locations on five different continents. It is the second busiest airport in Texas overall, the 12th busiest in the United States for total passenger traffic, and the busiest airport in Texas for the volume of foreign passenger traffic and the number of international destinations.

 

Quick Summary:

 

 George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IATA code: IAH, ICAO code: KIAH), is a major international airport that serves the Greater Houston metropolitan area in Houston, Texas, in the United States.

 

● There are five terminals and a total of 161 gates at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, including 131 jetway gates and 30 hardstands. All five terminals are connected by the Skyway on the airside.

 

● The airport's original name, Houston Intercontinental Airport, was adopted in June 1969. The stylized name of the airport, "Intercontinental Airport of Houston," led to the creation of the airport's IATA code, IAH.

 

Geography:

Located at 2800 N Terminal Road, coordinates (29° 59′ 4″ N, 95° 20′ 29″ W), TAH is about 23 miles (37 km) north of Downtown Houston between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59.

 

History:

The airport's original name, Houston Intercontinental Airport, was adopted in June 1969. The stylized name of the airport, "Intercontinental Airport of Houston," led to the creation of the airport's IATA code, IAH. After the airport's completion, all previously operated scheduled passenger airline service was transferred to Intercontinental. When Southwest Airlines started intrastate airline service nonstop between Hobby and Dallas Love Field in 1971, Hobby continued to operate as a general aviation airport and was once more used for scheduled passenger airline jet service.

 

The opening of Houston Intercontinental was originally planned for 1967, but design modifications involving the terminals caused cost overruns and construction delays. A proposal to rename the airport after Mickey Leland, an African-American member of Congress who perished in an aeroplane crash in Ethiopia, was discussed by Houston City Council in the late 1980s. The city decided to honour the congressman by renaming Mickey Leland International Arrivals Building, which would subsequently become Mickey Leland Terminal D. After George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, Houston's City Council overwhelmingly decided to rename the airport George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston in April 1997. The new name became official on May 2, 1997.

 

On August 28, 1990, the city of Houston consented to grant city-owned land close to the airport in exchange for Continental Airlines' agreement to construct its repair centre at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

 

The airport's original Terminals A and B are still standing as of 2007. The Mickey Leland International Arrivals Building, presently known as Terminal D, debuted in May 1990, the Lewis W. Cutrer Terminal C opened in 1981, and the modern Terminal E partially debuted on June 3, 2003. On January 7, 2004, Terminal E's remainder became accessible. Except for United flights, which land at Terminal E, all international flights arrive at Terminal D. Air Canada and WestJet flights from Canada land in terminal A.

 

Facility and Operations:

There are five terminals and a total of 161 gates at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, including 131 jetway gates and 30 hardstands. All five terminals are connected by the Skyway on the airside. Between the five terminals and the airport hotel, there are landside links provided by the Subway. Terminals D and E process all non-precleared foreign flights; Terminal D features gates for ADG Group VI aircraft, including an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 747-8.

● Terminal A contains 20 gates.

● Terminal B contains 40 gates, including 30 hardstands.

● Terminal C contains 29 gates

● Terminal D contains 12 gates.

● Terminal E contains 30 gates.

 

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