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Monday, April 07, 2008
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$1.2 billion in improvements for Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport 

Houston, TX (April 7, 2008) - The Houston Airport System (HAS) in partnership with Continental Airlines, today, announced details of a $1.2 billion renovation project at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), which will result in the expansion of the airport's Terminal B to 1.7 million square feet including the construction of a new Federal Inspections Services facility to handle the increasing number of international travelers.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves as the largest hub for Continental Airlines in the world. Terminal B is one of the airport's two original terminals and has been in service since 1969. Elements of this modernization plan include:

. Expansion of the Automated People Mover (APM) to include Terminal A.
. Refurbishment or rebuilding of the central Terminal B lobby and baggage 
  claim areas (to be executed in phases that will allow the continued use
  of the facility during the renovation period.)
. A New South Concourse dedicated to domestic regional jet operations.
. A new international capable North Concourse for mainline and regional jet
. New Terminal B Federal Inspections Services (FIS) facility
. North/South Ramp Replacement
. Parking Structure Expansion
. Infrastructure improvements (which include improvements to existing 
  roadway, signage, utilities and fuel storage systems)

 According to Houston Mayor Bill White, this joint venture represents Houston's strong economy and healthy corporate environment.

"Houston's Airport System is among the world's strongest and fastest growing and this will help us keep it that way," said Mayor White. "And as we prepare for the future, the City is happy to continue its strong partnership with Continental Airlines."

The project, which is expected to begin later this year, represents a major economic commitment by the City of Houston and Continental Airlines.

"We're making this investment over the next decade despite challenges currently facing the airline industry," said Larry Kellner, Continental Airlines chairman and chief executive officer. "This project is critical to Houston maintaining its status as an international city. Developed in phases, this project will allow us to accommodate more passengers and more flights, provide new amenities for travelers and help secure the careers of our employees."

The multi-phased construction and renovation is scheduled to be completed over the next seven to 10 years and will increase the size of IAH's Terminal B from 360,000 square feet to 1.7 million square feet, and will make it larger than the size of Houston's state-of-the-art baseball stadium, Minute Maid Park.

"Houston continues to evolve as a premier global gateway in the aviation industry. Since 2007 we have added seven new international destinations served by passenger and cargo carriers, including Continental's new service to London's Heathrow," says Richard M. Vacar, director of the Houston Airport System. "Dramatic growth is fueling this airport and the Terminal B project represents part of our strategic planning and building effort aimed at making IAH a more compelling and attractive destination."  


The Houston Airport System served a record 52 million passengers in 2007. It is the 4th-largest multi-airport system in the U.S. and the 6th-largest in the world. Bush Intercontinental is the nation's 8th-busiest airport. According to J.D. Powers & Associates, William P. Hobby Airport is first in customer satisfaction among smaller airports in the United States. HAS annually contributes over $24 billion in positive economic impact to the Greater Houston region. For more information watch Houston Airports Today every Saturday at 9:00 am on KTBU Channel 55 or visit www.fly2houston.com
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