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Old August 11th, 2013, 06:07 AM   #121
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New Service for United MileagePlus Premier Members Debuts at IAH

United Airlines introduced a pilot program that provides an added bonus for United MileagePlus Premier members at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Partnering with Mercedes-Benz, United Airlines will be providing a tarmac transportation option for United Global Service members and select United Global First class customers that have connecting flights at Houston’s largest airport.

"United and Mercedes are two great brands," said Tom O'Toole, United's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Loyalty and President of MileagePlus. "We are pleased to join together to offer a valuable new benefit to our MileagePlus Premier members, United's best customers."

The service that began at IAH on July 16 prioritizes connecting customers who, due to a delay, may otherwise miss their connection.

The tarmac chauffeur service uses silver Mercedes-Benz S Class and GL Class vehicles; one of the two vehicles waits on the tarmac for an inbound Global Services member with an applicable itinerary.

A Global Services representative meets the selected customer at the flight and escorts him/her out the nearest door to the waiting vehicle.

Together, they drive on the airfield to the customer’s connecting flight and the customer boards the aircraft via stairs adjacent to the jet bridge for quick access to the aircraft. The airline does not know who will be selected in advance until they arrive in Houston.

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Old August 29th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #122
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Houston's George Bush Intercontinental named best airport in the country

By Craig Hlavaty | August 27, 2013
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-te...st-4764977.php

Participants in a poll by Executive Travel magazine for their 2013 Leading Image Awards have named Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport as the best in the country.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., came in second, with airports in Newark and Salt Lake City in a tie for third place.

London's Heathrow Airport was named the best international airport in the poll.
The United Club lounge at Terminal E inside Bush Intercontinental Airport was named the best airport lounge in North America by Priority Pass members in June.

The United lounge was singled out for ambience, refreshments and customer service by voters.

The Bush airport lounge has won the global title three times and North American titles three times.

With Houston being such an important airport hub for business, the lounge is usually very busy.

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Old August 29th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #123
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Newark! That came as a surprise. Congrats Houston. Lets get some more airlines and destinations added.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 04:04 AM   #124
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Well two new air carriers have already started service to IAH this year alone (Turkish Airlines and Air China) which means that IAH is now being served by 13 foreign air carriers in addition to the large United Hub here which provides Houston with direct flights to many destinations in Latin America, Lagos, Tokyo, and in Europe.

With the booming local economy, a large growing immigrant population, and the numerous energy companies based here I expect that number to grow over the short term.

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Old September 13th, 2013, 03:07 AM   #125
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Marriott Hotel at Bush Airport could soon get a facelift



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The Marriott Hotel at Bush Intercontinental Airport, built in 1972, looks its age inside and out, airport officials and the hotel’s owner say.

The hotel, once known for its revolving restaurant, may soon get a face-lift, since it hasn’t had a major renovation in decades.

Host Hotels and Resorts, which leases the hotel from the city, will present a proposal to City Council this month to extend its lease for the $40 million plus major renovation to the Marriott. From its faded and yellowing exterior to its outdated elevators and air conditioning system, officials worry it makes a poor and possibly lasting impression on its clientele, a diverse group that includes vacationers and business travelers who might not see anything more of the city during layovers.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 07:17 AM   #126
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What on earth would they sell there?!
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Old September 30th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #127
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The groundbreaking for the new international terminal at Hobby Airport took place today.

Brief blog from the Chronicle.

And the full piece, also from the Houston Chronicle.

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Southwest to break ground for international expansion at Hobby Airport



A rendering of the overall aerial view of Southwest Airlines' plan for expansion at Hobby Airport.


By Erin Mulvaney

September 30, 2013

Construction begins Monday on the $156 million international terminal at Hobby Airport that Southwest Airlines hopes will add upward of 1.5 million new travelers to the Houston airport each year.

The Hobby expansion, funded primarily by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, will include a five-gate terminal and expansions of the security screening checkpoint and the Southwest ticket counters.

The city is set to spend $85 million for additional projects.

Airline and city officials, including Mayor Annise Parker, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on the site Monday morning.

The 280,000-square-foot expansion is scheduled for completion before the end of 2015, with short-hop international flights to cities in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America to begin by 2016. This will increase Hobby's physical footprint by more than 40 percent.

"It's on time. It's on budget. We are pretty happy," Bob Montgomery, Southwest's vice president of airport affairs, said in a recent interview. "The city of Houston estimated lots of jobs and a huge economic benefit to come from this project. That is absolutely on track."
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Old October 1st, 2013, 01:38 AM   #128
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The groundbreaking for the new international terminal at Hobby Airport took place today.

Brief blog from the Chronicle.

And the full piece, also from the Houston Chronicle.
I always wondered when Southwest was going to start flying international routes. In the US they have a good sturdy base of fliers / business .....international flights were only a matter of time.
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Old October 1st, 2013, 02:40 AM   #129
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I always wondered when Southwest was going to start flying international routes. In the US they have a good sturdy base of fliers / business .....international flights were only a matter of time.
Technically they already have international routes thru their AirTran subsidiary to Mexico and the Caribbean. That is the main reason why Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran in the first place.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:11 PM   #130
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United adds nonstop flights from Houston to Munich, Tokyo

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By Erin Mulvaney | November 19, 2013 | Updated: November 19, 2013 9:35pm

United Airlines said Tuesday it will offer new daily nonstop flights between Houston and Munich and a second daily service to Tokyo next year.

The new Munich service will launch April 24 using a Boeing 767-400 with 242 seats.

United already runs year-round nonstop flights from its U.S. hubs to five cities in Germany, including a nonstop service from Houston to Frankfurt. The new Tokyo service will start March 30 using a Boeing 777-200 with 267 seats. United's existing Tokyo service began in 1999.

In March, United will stop flying between Seattle and Tokyo. United partner All Nippon Airways still flies Seattle-Tokyo. Delta, a major United rival in Asia flights, has two daily flights from Seattle to Tokyo.

United is also dropping some flights within Asia, including Tokyo-to-Bangkok, and using a smaller plane for Tokyo-to-Seoul. It will still connect passengers on those routes through partner ANA.

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Old November 26th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #131
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City Council to consider new kiosks at Bush to speed international arrivals

By Erin Mulvaney

November 13, 2013

International travelers could have shorter wait times at Houston's largest airport if the City Council approves a measure to install self-service kiosks, officials say.

The Houston Airport System has asked the council to approve a measure that would clear the way for officials to install 20 automated passport-control kiosks at Bush Intercontinental Airport at a cost of $485,739 over three years.

The technology allows travelers to scan their own passports, complete paperwork and confirm their travel information before reaching a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent to complete the transaction.

Lisa Kent, chief technology officer, said that could shorten the time spent in Customs lines by 30 to 40 percent.

"That is incredibly important when you are processing as many as 10 million international passengers per year," Kent said in a video prepared for the council, which will consider the request Wednesday.

Airports in Chicago and New York already have installed devices. Dallas should be installing them soon, Houston Airport System spokeswoman Darian Ward said.

City documents say the technology would increase productivity by moving routine duties to passengers while they wait in line. The booths would collect a traveler's passport, flight information and other paperwork, then take a photo and issue a receipt. The passenger would take his or her passport and receipt to the customs agent for verification.

Passengers would not need to register in advance for the service.

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Old January 21st, 2014, 05:05 AM   #132
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This flight is called the "Houston Express" and is a 3x weekly private charter route from here to Luanda, Angola (West Africa). It is only available to the U.S. Africa Energy Association members. The plane is equipped for 10 First Class, 143 Business Class, and 36 Economy for a total of 189 passengers.

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Old January 21st, 2014, 05:07 AM   #133
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Old February 4th, 2014, 04:18 AM   #134
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I don't know how accurate this is but supposedly Korean Air is going to start service to IAH on May 2, 2014.

http://airlineroute.net/2014/02/03/ke-iah-s14/

Also Spirit Airlines is adding new direct flights to Baltimore and Minneapolis-St. Paul and Air China is going daily on that route.

http://www.fly2houston.com/0/3921617/0/83280/

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Old February 8th, 2014, 08:14 PM   #135
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Old February 11th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #136
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Its Official! Korean will launch IAH-ICN on May 2!
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/n...o-houston.html
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Old February 18th, 2014, 07:38 AM   #137
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IAH is finally getting automated passport control kiosks.



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The Houston Airport System and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unveiled Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Travelers that are U.S. or Canadian citizens can use one of the 20 self-service kiosks when arriving at IAH on international flights.

The system is designed to expedite the processing of passengers arriving at IAH by allowing them to enter required data using touch-screen techonology, as opposed to hand writing the information on a traditional card.

Passengers simply place their passport on the scanning pad located on the kiosk and then provide answers to a series of basic questions. That data is then sent electronically to one of the screening officers on duty, minimizing both the effort required from the passenger and the chance for mistaken information to enter the system.

The APC kiosks are already having significant impact on shortening the length of time required to clear CBP.

APC is a free service and does not require pre-registration.

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Old February 21st, 2014, 04:09 AM   #138
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Looks like Houston will now have another direct flights to Moscow as Transaero is looking to start up service to Houston.

Transaero Recieves Approval For New Flights to Houston and London

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Old February 27th, 2014, 12:28 AM   #139
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International Destinations served directly from Houston-Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as of 2014:


Mexico City
Monterrey



Calgary
Toronto-Pearson



Beijing-Capital


Paris-Charles de Gaulle


San Salvador
Roatan (seasonal)



London-Heathrow


Dubai


Amsterdam


Monterrey


Seoul-Incheon


Frankfurt


Doha


Istanbul-Ataturk


Stavanger


Moscow-Domodedovo
Singapore



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
León/El Bajío
Liberia (Costa Rica)
Lima
London-Heathrow
Managua
Mérida
Mexico City
Montreal-Trudeau
Morelia
Montego Bay
Monterrey
Munich
Oaxaca
Panama City
Port of Spain
Puebla
Puerto Vallarta
Punta Cana (begins December 20, 2014)
Quito
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão
Roatán
Saltillo
San José de Costa Rica
San José del Cabo
San Pedro Sula
San Salvador
São Paulo-Guarulhos
Santiago de Chile (begins December 7, 2014)
Tampico
Tegucigalpa
Tokyo-Narita
Toronto-Pearson
Vancouver



Cancun (begins December 3, 2014)
Monterrey
Guadalajara (begins November 20, 2014)

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Old February 27th, 2014, 12:33 AM   #140
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International Destinations served directly from Houston-Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as of 2014:


Mexico City
Monterrey



Calgary
Toronto-Pearson



Beijing-Capital


Paris-Charles de Gaulle


San Salvador
Roatan (seasonal)



London-Heathrow


Dubai


Amsterdam


Seoul-Incheon


Frankfurt


Doha


Istanbul-Ataturk


Moscow-Domodedovo
Singapore



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
León/El Bajío
Liberia (Costa Rica)
Lima
London-Heathrow
Managua
Mazatlán
Mérida
Mexico City
Montreal-Trudeau
Morelia
Montego Bay
Monterrey
Munich
Nassau (seasonal)
Oaxaca
Panama City
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



Monterrey
You forgot Transaero Airlines. They will be flying from St. Petersburg and Houston
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