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Old August 7th, 2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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EFD/HOU/IAH | Houston Area Airports

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) (named after the first George Bush, not the worst) is the 7th busiest airports in the US (and is ranked 22nd busiest in the world) for passenger traffic and is one of the fastest growing airports in the world. It is also a major Latin American Hub for Continental Airlines (and United Airlines as well once the two airlines officially merge). Other US airlines serving this airport include American Airlines, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, and Delta Airlines.








Map of the Airport Complex.





















Foreign Airlines Serving George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as of 2011:





















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Old August 7th, 2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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International Destinations served directly from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as of 2011:

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Acapulco
Aguascalientes
Amsterdam
Aruba
Belize City
Bogotá
Bonaire
Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Calgary
Cancún
Caracas
Ciudad del Carmen
Chihuahua
Cozumel
Edmonton
Frankfurt
Grand Cayman
Guadalajara
Guatemala City
Huatulco
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Lagos [begins November 16]
León/El Bajío
Liberia (Costa Rica)
Lima
London-Heathrow
Managua
Mazatlán
Mérida
Mexico City
Montreal-Trudeau
Morelia
Montego Bay
Monterrey
Nassau (seasonal)
Oaxaca
Panama City
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Port of Spain
Puebla
Puerto Vallarta
Quito
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão
Roatán
Saltillo
San José de Costa Rica
San José del Cabo
San Pedro Sula
San Salvador
São Paulo-Guarulhos
Tampico
Tegucigalpa
Tokyo-Narita
Toronto-Pearson
Vancouver

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Old August 7th, 2011, 12:53 PM   #3
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Some videos of the two airport people movers in operation at the airport.


The TerminaLink which links all of the terminals inside the sterile zone. If you were just connecting in Houston this is what you would likely use.


The Inter-Terminal Train which is outside of the sterile zone connects all five terminals and the airport hotel which can be accessed by all. This system is based on the WEDway PeopleMover technology developed by the Walt Disney Company.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 01:29 PM   #4
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Some more photos of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH):

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Bush Intercontinental Airport - Houston, TX by hyku

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Bush Intercontinental Airport - Swatch Store by hyku

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Houston Intercontinental Airport by el cadejo's

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Store @ IHA by n.gottier's

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Meeting Point by caribb

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Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport by Jimmy Lin

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport by rainer ebert

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Air Canada EMB-175 US AIrways A318 by Kevin Boydston

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Houston Intercontinental by GP(MPK)

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ERJ Central by caribb

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KLM Asia? by Jun Seita

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20080503 ASQ-WCQI 047 (2) by Graeme0514
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William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) was originally Houston's first airport and handles domestic flights only (and is also a major focus city for Southwest in addition to hosting the operations of other LCC's and some legacy carriers as well such as Frontier, JetBlue, Air Tran, American Airlines, and Delta). It also used to be Houston's main primary airport until Intercontinental was opened in the early 1970's. The airport is home of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum which houses a collection in the original art deco building which served as the first terminal for passenger flight in Houston.













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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #6
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George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Masterplan:

http://system.gocampaign.com/files/file.asp?f=11430

Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) Masterplan:

http://system.gocampaign.com/files/file.asp?f=11429
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Old August 8th, 2011, 03:57 PM   #7
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Some photos of Houston Hobby Airport (HOU):

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Traveling from Lake Jackson to Houston (Hobby) Airport by Old Shoe Woman

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Traveling from Lake Jackson to Houston (Hobby) Airport by Old Shoe Woman

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Traveling from Lake Jackson to Houston (Hobby) Airport by Old Shoe Woman

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Traveling from Lake Jackson to Houston (Hobby) Airport by Old Shoe Woman

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Traveling from Lake Jackson to Houston (Hobby) Airport by Old Shoe Woman

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Waiting at the Gate - Southwest Airlines - Houston (HOBBY), TX by Old Shoe Woman

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Our Plane is Ready for Boarding by Old Shoe Woman
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Some airplane photos taken at Bush-Intercontinental (IAH):











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A unique tour of Bush-Intercontinental (IAH) from a golf cart.

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Old August 11th, 2011, 12:32 AM   #11
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Bush Intercontinental Named 3rd Safest Airport In The Nation

Bush Intercontinental Named 3rd Safest Airport In The Nation.

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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A new report on airport safety shows that Bush Intercontinental Airport is the third safest airport in the country.

Travel + Leisure magazine's website looked at the FAA's latest runway safety report and other statistics to determine the safest airports. The report found the runway accident rate nationwide was about one in 1.6 million flights. IAH had zero.

The article also says, "By the end of 2011, IAH will be one of only four airports around the globe with direct flights to all six inhabited continents."

The safest airport is in Cincinnati, with Memphis International coming in second. Pittsburgh International and Portland International rounded out the top five.

Hobby was not ranked in the magazine's list of the top 15 safest airports.
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Old August 11th, 2011, 10:49 AM   #12
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Some more photos of Bush Intercontinental (IAH)

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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Houston Intercontinental Airport

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Houston (IAH) Intercontinental Airport

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Fox Sports Sky Box

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Public Art, Houston Intercontinental Airport

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COA 767 N76153 and ramp

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Lufthansa 747-430 D-ABVY

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Old August 11th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #13
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Is that a Fox News store inside the airport...? What on earth would they sell there?!
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Is that a Fox News store inside the airport...? What on earth would they sell there?!
Yup

Mostly they sell magazines, newspapers, soda/pop, candy/beef jerky, etc. Not too different from any other store inside the airport.

There is also a Fox Sports Skybox which is basically a sportsbar/restaurant inside the airport.
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Old August 11th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #15
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Some more photos of Houston-Hobby (HOU):

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Traveling from Lake Jackson to Houston (Hobby) Airport

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Arriving in Houston Hobby Airport

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Christmas Tree in Houston Hobby

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Going Back To Houston

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Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas
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Old August 14th, 2011, 01:02 AM   #16
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Terminal B in Bush Intercontinental (IAH) to undergo a $1 Billion Improvement Project.

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Houston Airports Announces $1 Billion Improvement Project
Revised Plans for Terminal B Renovation
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Houston, (May 23, 2011) - Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Houston Airport System (HAS), and United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL) Airlines, reaffirm a commitment to overhaul Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with a revised $1 billion renovation project. This public-private initiative will help boost the Houston economy by creating local construction jobs during the next seven to 10 years. It will also offer a major upgrade for airport passengers as one of the original terminals at IAH is transformed into a spacious, efficient, eco-friendly facility.


"As the largest hub for the largest airline in the world, Bush Intercontinental is positioned to serve the world as United builds its global network," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "Our airport serves as one of the most important economic engines in Houston and we are committed to expanding the portal to our global business connections."

During a news conference today, Mayor Parker, airport and airline executives reconfirmed construction plans for the billion dollar redevelopment at IAH Uniteds largest Hub which serves some 40 million passengers a year. The agreement to move forward closely mirrors the agreement approved by Houston City Council in 2008. Under the revised plan the airlines will develop the project in phases, as economic conditions improve.

"I commend Mayor Parker for her vision in continuing to develop Bush Intercontinental into a world-class, international gateway capable of meeting traffic demands well into the future," said Jeff Smisek, United's president and CEO. "The new Terminal B will be larger and easier to navigate than the current facilities, with more amenities for travelers."

Phase one of the renovation is expected to cost $161 million and is projected to open in late 2013. The expansion will enhance the customer experience in the gate area. Technology advances mean that United will introduce a high-efficiency boarding process designed to handle up to 30 flights to depart through three main boarding zones. The new gate layout will provide better flexibility for future fleet changes by the airline and incorporate energy-friendly systems.

"Together, United and the Houston Airports serve millions of passengers as a partnership to help people connect," said Mario C. Diaz, Houston Airports director of aviation. "By giving Houston this opening day fresh terminal, we are demonstrating a wise investment for our stakeholders."

Future phases will redevelop the north concourse of Terminal B to provide a flexible facility that can accommodate a range of aircraft types and support international operations. It will also result in improved customer service, amenities, and options for travelers.

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Hobby Airport Gains Nonstop to Kansas City

Frontier Airlines to start a new direct service to Kansas City.

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William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is getting its first nonstop route to Kansas City, thanks to Frontier Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. Today, Frontier announced two new nonstops from Kansas City: Houston and Las Vegas.

"Houston welcomes this growth as we continue to invest in the infrastructure at Hobby Airport to modernize the gateway," said Mario C. Diaz, director of Aviation for the Houston Airport System. "Hobby serves millions of our passengers and by adding more nonstop choices, everyone wins."

The daily nonstop service between HOU and Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is scheduled to begin November 1, 2011.

“We’re excited to expand our low-fare, nonstop service to include two more destinations from Kansas City – including the only nonstops to Houston’s convenient close-to-downtown Hobby airport,” said Daniel Shurz, vice president of strategy and planning for Frontier. “We look forward to introducing even more Kansas City travelers to ‘A Whole Different Animal.”

Shurz added that new data from the Department of Transportation (DOT) lists Frontier Airlines as offering the lowest fares on any nonstop in 14 of the 15 markets it served from Kansas City in the first calendar quarter of 2011 – making it the market’s true low-fare leader.

Introductory fares begin at $59 each way for Houston-Kansas City service and are available at FrontierAirlines.com/introfares through August 29, 2011 for travel beginning November 1, 2011 through February 15, 2012.

Service on the new routes will be provided on 99-seat Embraer 190 aircraft, which feature no middle seats and available STRETCH seating with up to 5 inches of additional legroom on every flight. Following are schedules for the new routes:
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Menus are changing at both Bush and Hobby Airports

August 1, 2011



Changes are coming to the concessions program at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport as well as William P. Hobby Airport, as one eatery undergoes a major makeover while another popular franchise prepares to make its Hobby Airport debut.

The change at Bush Airport involves the conceptual re-design of an eatery called Los Platos, while Hobby Airport is getting ready to welcome in new arrival Pappas Barbeque.

“Tex-Mex and Barbeque are two staples in the Texas diet,” says Randy Goodman, concessions manager with the Houston Airport System. “So both of these eateries are going to help us enhance the Texas identity that we want to convey to customers as they pass through or visit Houston. It’s important to offer customers a sense of place.”

At Los Platos, located in Terminal C North at Bush Airport, the change covers everything from the eatery’s name to the look and feel of the dining area. The new name will be the Mango Taco Truck and the menu will feature authentic Latin dishes that mirror the items found in rural kitchens across Mexico.

The eatery aims to combine a casual atmosphere with an eclectic mix of colors to create an upbeat and festive scene, with the front counter itself mimicking the look of a window found on a roadside taco truck.

“The Mango Taco Truck is going to be a lot of fun for diners,” Goodman says. “Every aspect of the concept has a keen focus on comfort and fun, from the patio seating right down to the color scheme.”

At Hobby Airport, the Pappas restaurant franchise is once again ready to make a big splash in the airport setting. Pappas Bar-B-Q will join existing Pappas restaurants already in place at Hobby Airport: Pappadeux, Pappas Burger and Pappasitos.

The new restaurant is set to be located near the main entrance at Hobby Airport in a pre-security area that’s accessible to the general public. Construction on the new eatery is slated to begin prior to Labor Day 2011, with the grand opening coming in early November.

“There is no finish line when you’re in the airport concessions business,” Goodman says. “You’re constantly adding and making changes to the landscape to improve the overall experience.”
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I really enjoyed my transit time at Hobby,it should have international flights,clean airport,look modern,variety of restaurants.Even better than EWR,JFK,LAX,LGA!
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I really enjoyed my transit time at Hobby,it should have international flights,clean airport,look modern,variety of restaurants.Even better than EWR,JFK,LAX,LGA!
It is unlikely that Hobby will get international flights because of the US customs facility there is not large enough to handle any passenger traffic except charter planes.
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