The first phase of a $1 billion terminal redevelopment project at George Bush Intercontinental Airport will begin by the end of the year, Houston Airport System has announced.
Phase one of the project will see the construction of a new Terminal B south concourse dedicated to domestic regional jet operations.
Meanwhile, United Airlines has announced that it will extend its lease on the airport’s Terminal C until 2027.
The $161 million south concourse project at Terminal B will replace the existing south side flight stations with a 225,000sqft facility to accommodate United’s fleet of regional aircraft.
The renovated terminal building will feature a wide connecting bridge to spacious passenger lounge areas with more shops, restaurants, restroom facilities and expansive tarmac views.
The new concourse will also employ a more efficient boarding process which will allow for 30 flights to depart through three main boarding zones.
Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, says: “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.
“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.”
The entire $1 billion Terminal B redevelopment is due to take place over the next seven to 10 years, with the first phase expected to be completed by 2013.
Future phases will see the redevelopment of the central lobby and baggage claim areas, a new international-capable north concourse for mainline and regional jet flights, and a new Federal Inspections Services facility.
There will also be a number of other infrastructure improvements including improvements to existing roadway, signage, utilities and fuel-storage systems.
Mario Diaz, director of aviation at Houston Airport System, adds: “Together, we serve millions of customers at an important international gateway and by investing in our infrastructure, we are ensuring that we may serve even more global passengers for many more years.”