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United Reveals $2 Billion IAH Terminal B Transformation

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$2 Billion IAH Terminal B Transformation

United Airlines and the Houston Airport System announced today a landmark investment in United’s hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

The construction project is set to redefine the air travel experience and cater to the future needs of an estimated 36 million passengers. The program encompasses 40 new gates for both domestic and international travel, ensuring a cutting-edge experience for travelers.

Travelers will find new convenience and amenities throughout their airport experience. The Terminal B transformation includes expanding curbside and roadway capacity, along with expanding the ticketing lobby.

Once through security, the New Terminal B North expansion comprises two new passenger concourses, replacing the 1969-era Flight Stations. The Terminal B North Concourse, spanning approximately 765,000 square feet over three levels, will house 22 narrow-body gates. Additionally, a large United Club at the mezzanine level will offer unobstructed views of the airfield, set to become the largest club in the United system.

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The Terminal B South Concourse project involves converting 30 gates that currently house smaller, 50-seat regional jets to accommodate larger, two-class regional jets . Unlike in the current terminal, all flights will be boarded via jet bridge.

The project will also include two major concessions hubs, offering 115,000 square feet of state-of-the-art food and retail space including unique dining and shopping experiences.

United Airlines expects to invest more than $1.9 billion in the Terminal B Transformation Program and the City of Houston expects to fund $624 million in enabling projects required for the program.

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  1. This is awesome! IAH has been neglected by United ever since Continental was killed. With Terminal E still under reconstruction, it’s time to fix the only unimproved terminal here.

  2. The time is now to take photos and memorize how the circular concourses at IAH Terminal B are. They are the last of the original 1960’s airport, along with airside terminal B. Terminal A is not the original. It used to look like B.

    I believe A had United, Southwest, Allegheny, and many Eastern gates. B was the international terminal and Pan Am, American. A few years later C was built for Continental. By the early 1980’s C was the heart of activity with many Continental flights.


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