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The city and United Airlines have started construction of the north side of terminal B. They are tearing down the rest of those bridges that go to the gates.. The north concourse will be mostly for mainline wide body planes and will be connected to terminal C. IAH is also putting new signs so there will lots of road closers. So if you are flying out this week get there earlier than usual. This new concourse will add additional 25 gates for United and the old concourse will finally be gone!

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Yes, it is for mainline flights. One finger towards Terminal A will also have gates for UAX as the south terminal. I was wrong there will be a total of 40 gates. The reason they do not have jetways is they can pull the plane out quickly then waiting 10 minutes to make sure they are clear. Singapore airport has the same design for SilkAir. Which is like UAX to smaller cities. They are also building another taxiway just for the wide bodies. And sprucing up Terminal D and added more gates. Great for Houston!

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The city and United Airlines have started construction of the north side of terminal B. They are tearing down the rest of those bridges that go to the gates.. The north concourse will be mostly for mainline wide body planes and will be connected to terminal C. IAH is also putting new signs so there will lots of road closers. So if you are flying out this week get there earlier than usual. This new concourse will add additional 25 gates for United and the old concourse will finally be gone!

 

Whoahh there.  I think we need a fact check.  The bridge that was town down over the past weekend  was the remaining south-side bridge to the original flight stations.  Nothing is happening yet on the north side of Terminal B.

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Do we expect to have reno of Term B completed by 2017? 

 

Very unlikely.  The whole project consists of three phases, intended to be completed over a period of 7 - 10 years, depending on demand.  Even a 7-year completion schedule would not have it done by 2017.  Plus, there is the question about how long United will continue it's temper tantrum over having to endure competition in Houston...  (They have threatened to not proceed with further phases of the Terminal B project.)

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I accessed the power point section. There are three phases. Phase 2 will start next year with gates for mainline flights connected to Terminal C. All three phases will be completed by 2017. United is IAH largest hub, this will even increase it more now with 65 gates and another 40. I have never seen an airline with more than 100 gates. Maybe Delta in Atlanta.

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I accessed the power point section. There are three phases. Phase 2 will start next year with gates for mainline flights connected to Terminal C. All three phases will be completed by 2017. United is IAH largest hub, this will even increase it more now with 65 gates and another 40. I have never seen an airline with more than 100 gates. Maybe Delta in Atlanta.

 

Dude, get your facts straight.  The Power Point says nothing about completing all three phases by 2017.  In fact, it  states that the final phase (phase 3) construction must start no later than December 31, 2017.   The Power Point also does not say anything about Phase 2 starting in 2014.   There have been some hints that Phase 2 will start next year, but it depends on whether United is done with their temper tantrum.

 

You can access the PowerPoint presentation here.

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Dude, get your facts straight.  The Power Point says nothing about completing all three phases by 2017.  In fact, it  states that the final phase (phase 3) construction must start no later than December 31, 2017.   The Power Point also does not say anything about Phase 2 starting in 2014.   There have been some hints that Phase 2 will start next year, but it depends on whether United is done with their temper tantrum.

 

You can access the PowerPoint presentation here.

 

I'm pretty sure he just makes up things re: IAH and posts them here. A few months ago he claimed that he flew out of the new terminal B section even though it didn't open for another month. Right now all that's happening is the south part of the terminal. Hopefully the north side gets going soon but there hasn't been any evidence that that's going to happen.

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Very unlikely.  The whole project consists of three phases, intended to be completed over a period of 7 - 10 years, depending on demand.  Even a 7-year completion schedule would not have it done by 2017.  Plus, there is the question about how long United will continue it's temper tantrum over having to endure competition in Houston...  (They have threatened to not proceed with further phases of the Terminal B project.)

 

I went to the meeting at Hobby Marriott about Southwest wanting international service. United's arguments were hilarious.

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Listen coach travelers. The bonds have already been issued. Southwest Airlines 5 gates at Hobby! How funny and you think Delta, Jet Blue, American, United will allow them to get their market share? PLEASE post in in 2016 to see what happens.

We'll see. Southwest is aiming for South America. That will hurt united for sure.

Slick Vick I would like to meet you. You are funny. I'm flying out tomorrow to LAS. Be back on 14th. I'm sorry but I love United Airlines. :) I got my upgrade!

Ok

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You'd better, IAH is UA's latin America Gateway, UA could be waiting for WN to announce the routes they are gonna fly out of HOU to Latin America, for all we know.

If UA intended to compete for Houston travelers they shouldn't have made those routes from Houston the most expensive in the country post merger.

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WN will not lower fares. In Mexico alone there are over $100 in taxes. The DOT fined WN for that so called $64 each way fare, but release very few seats. So they got fined for misleading the public. If they lower fares to Latin America they will just loose money. The question is how long can they lose money? Plus United, American, and Delta. Along with Lanca, Taca, and Copa already have a strong hold on the market. When JetBlue starting flying form EWR to Florida for $54 each way. Back then Continental matched it and added more flights. JetBlue cut capacity because they losing money, and are now concentrating on JFK and BOS. Plus they adding flat bed seats on transcontinental flights and squeezing customers in the back.

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Here is a reply from United to me:

Hello Steven,

Stephanie Buchanan asked me to respond on her behalf.

We can’t speculate on possible new routes, but as with all of our hubs, future growth at IAH is based on demand.

IAH Terminal B is dedicated to our United Express regional operation and the renovation enables us to offer United Express travelers an airport experience consistent with that offered in United’s Terminals C and E at IAH. More information about the project is available in the news release we issued when we opened the new Terminal B South Concourse. (Link below.)

http://ir.unitedcontinentalholdings.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=83680&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1806768&highli

As you may already know, United operates nearly 600 daily flights from IAH to 116 airports across the U.S. and 65 international destinations.

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The plans for Terminal B North have changed some, but at least the initial concourse is definitely no longer in limbo.  The initial B North concourse will be built with the pier position just a little east of where the Marriott Hotel is located.  (it will actually be a little closer to Terminal C than to B.)  It will be connected to the west end of the current C North concourse.   This all part of (or actually a precursor to) the redevelopment of Terminal D.  Not sure when construction will start, but United is required to move out of the C North Pier that holds Gates C14-C23 by some time in 2017, so the new B North concourse has to be done before that.

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You are correct because when they tear down Terminal D.  United will let the foreign carriers to use those gates on upper Terminal C.  Once completed United will move back to Terminal C.  Lately I have seen Turkish Airlines and Air China parked at Terminal E because D is so crowded.

 

As usual, you got it somewhat close to half right.

 

1.  United will build the first of its Terminal B north concourses.

 

2.  United moves out of "upper Terminal C" (Gates 14-23).  At that time (2017), United's exclusive rights to "upper Terminal C" are ended.  They will not "move back to" upper Terminal C.  United will be able to use the gates in the new Terminal D, but they will not "move back" in the sense of re-occupying the gates in an exclusive arrangement.  In fact "upper Terminal C" will no longer exist.  All of C north except for the B-C connector (where gates 24-27 are located) will be torn down, to be replaced by portions of the new Terminal D.

 

3.  As mentioned, step 3 is to tear down the existing Terminal C north, Gates 14-23 and build the new Terminal D, pier D-1. 

 

Further steps follow.  It's an extraordinarily complex project.  Lots of information available here.

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Based on the 2035 master plan development link posted in the terminal D thread, it looks like they aren't planning on doing terminal B north for at least 10 years (the 2025-2035 slide). Appears to be the opposite of what was discussed a few posts above this where United would build out B north first, then C north, then D... instead C north will happen first, then D, and eventually terminal B north somewhere down the line. And it won't connect to terminal A until after 2035 when A is eventually redone.

 

http://system.gocampaign.com/netisd_org/images/imagelibrary/620/74/9096/532533-IAH%20Public%20Meeting%20Feb%202015%20FINAL_R.pdf

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Based on the 2035 master plan development link posted in the terminal D thread, it looks like they aren't planning on doing terminal B north for at least 10 years (the 2025-2035 slide). Appears to be the opposite of what was discussed a few posts above this where United would build out B north first, then C north, then D... instead C north will happen first, then D, and eventually terminal B north somewhere down the line. And it won't connect to terminal A until after 2035 when A is eventually redone.

 

http://system.gocampaign.com/netisd_org/images/imagelibrary/620/74/9096/532533-IAH%20Public%20Meeting%20Feb%202015%20FINAL_R.pdf

 

The discussion above said that Step 1 is for United to build the first of the Terminal B North concourses (not "build out" Terminal B North). The referenced concourse is referred to as Terminal C North concourse in the latest HAS documents. The earlier project descriptions discussed this new concourse as being part of Terminal B.   What is being built first has not changed or been reversed.  Only the name of the concourse has been changed.  The discussion above never addressed the timing of the "build out" of the remainder of Terminal B North.

 

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Ah ok, I guess I misunderstood and thought that you were referring to the "build out" of Terminal B. Or at least had led to believe by earlier posts/United that this would be happening this decade, as opposed to 10+ years in the future. Oh well.

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Ah ok, I guess I misunderstood and thought that you were referring to the "build out" of Terminal B. Or at least had led to believe by earlier posts/United that this would be happening this decade, as opposed to 10+ years in the future. Oh well.

 

Pretty much impossible to predict what United might do, especially under its current leadership.

 

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