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Houston Airports Domestic Redevelopment Program


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Houston Airport System has established their Domestic Redevelopment Program, which includes elements at both Bush and Hobby Airports. Full costs not yet established, but will be more than $1 Billion.

George Bush Intercontinental

  • Modernization and expansion of Terminal A.
  • New Outbound Baggage System (construction already 50% complete on this element). Removes the inline detection equipment from the lobby.
  • Remove the helixes that serve the parking above the terminal.  Build bridges from the A/B Parking garage to access this parking.  Removal of the helixes allows for the expansion of the arrivals and departures roadways.
  • Capacity expansion and update of electrical systems (This element is already 95% complete.)
  • North concourse of Terminal A will be extended to the north, adding 4 new gates. The A3 icehouse where Southwest has 3 positions will be replaced with with permanent full concourse with an additional 2 gates.
  • South concourse will be expanded to the South, adding 3 gates and to the west adding one additional gate.
  • Total addition of ten new gates to Terminal A
  • Terminal A central processor will also be expanded to the west for a new consolidated security screening area and that will allow for more ticket counter space where the current passageways to security are located.  Two additional baggage claim belts added. Central processor updated and remodeled,
  • New east pier to be added to Terminal D to allow for 6 additional narrow body gates.  Three airlines (Spirit, WestJet, and Air Canada) will move from Terminal A to Terminal D.  
  • Total addition of 16 gates to IAH.
  • (All airlines are on board with the plan.)

Hobby Airport

  • Seven new (international capable) gates to be added to Hobby.  6 of the 7 will be for Southwest.  Seventh gate will be available to other airlines
  • Airport System has been talking to at least 4 international airlines about establishment of service at Hobby. (When they speak of international service at Hobby, it is and always will be limited to Canada, Mexico, Central America, northern tier of South America and the Caribbean.  Runways are not long enough to do service to other areas of the world).

Current baggage claims will be expanded and three additional baggage claim belts will be added.

http://www.houstontx.gov/council/committees/econdev/20211117/has-drp.pdf

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WOW this is great for both airports and the timeline seems perfectly aligned to take advantage of post-pandemic passenger traffic. Exciting stuff. We'll essentially have a completely new IAH as compared to ten years ago. I wonder what the future - 2030s and beyond - holds for IAH as it seems that the airport is maxing out its available space for additional gates. Where does the airport expand after this? 

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On 11/18/2021 at 4:43 PM, HoustonBoy said:

WOW this is great for both airports and the timeline seems perfectly aligned to take advantage of post-pandemic passenger traffic. Exciting stuff. We'll essentially have a completely new IAH as compared to ten years ago. I wonder what the future - 2030s and beyond - holds for IAH as it seems that the airport is maxing out its available space for additional gates. Where does the airport expand after this? 

HAS actually tries to answer this in their Master Plan. In the short-term, their answer is to just keep adding "piers" that jut out from the terminals. The most likely end result will basically be a continuous ring of terminals with piers surrounding the inner roadways--even on the west side. In the very long term, they have several ideas about what could be done:

1) Restructure A and B into one large terminal-concourse building/complex of buildings--it could be another linear thing, but they also looked at some "satellite" concourses (think Dulles)

2) Build a whole new, full-sized terminal complex to the east of the existing complex

https://www.fly2houston.com/biz/about/master-plans

Chapter 5 and 6 have some really deep reading and good maps/diagrams of their potential expansions (p.52-end in Chapter 5; the beginning of the chapter discusses where to put a new runway).

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City Council moved the Hobby International concourse expansion along, allocating money to allow Southwest Airlines to begin planning and design efforts, to prepare a project definition manual for the expansion, and to begin construction planning efforts. The parties expect to return to City Council by the end of 2022 to appropriate additional funds for construction.

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From United Airlines (by way of a poster on another forum):

"B Terminal
Did you think construction was over?

Work is underway to determine what we do with the B terminal moving forward when compared to the aircraft sizes we will be flying with United Next. We expect to have some definitive answers by the end of the year. This includes a full look at both North and South as well as the B Lobby, BMU, TSA screening, etc."

"The traffic under the new Early Bag System building will open by November 1st, which will give back the lanes of traffic to south terminal road. Once that is opened up, the airport can then begin to build the structure for the new lobby. Completion for E is still slated for 2024."

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