George Bush Intercontinental Airport

About Bush Intercontinental Airport
General Information

Our city's largest airport, Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), joined the Houston Airport System in June 1969. Operated and maintained by the City of Houston Department of Aviation, the Houston Airport System functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base for airport operations, maintenance or capital improvements.

Located on more than 8,000 acres, IAH has four runways, four terminals, an airport hotel, an air cargo distribution center, over 19,000 public parking spaces and ample room to expand to meet our customers' growing demand for additional services. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a new air traffic control tower that will handle projected future growth at IAH well beyond the turn of the century.

The FAA classifies IAH, the 13th busiest commercial airport in the United States, as a primary domestic and international hub airport. Vital to the successful performance of our dynamic airport is the advanced technology we use throughout IAH, including Doppler radar to enhance weather prediction and highly technical navigation and landing aids to ensure safe and punctual flight operations.

Often termed a city within a city, IAH has its own water, emergency and police services, as well as facilities, structures and roadways. Additionally, IAH and all of the Houston Airport System participate in the Department of Aviation's environmental programs, and such projects are evident throughout the airport. IAH is served by more than 20 passenger airlines, which offer a variety of choices in flight schedules to approximately 150 destinations throughout the world. Houston headquartered Continental Airlines schedules over 500 flights per day from its hub airport, IAH.

Fast Facts
  • Nonstop or direct service to over 150 cities in the globe
  • 31 million passengers served in 1998
  • 13th busiest airport in the U.S. for total passengers
  • 8th largest international passenger gateway in the nation
  • Four passenger terminals
  • Twenty-three scheduled passenger airlines
  • Twelve scheduled all-cargo airlines
  • Located in north Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 North). Location map
A Smile Awaits You at IAH
At IAH you're always greeted with a smile.
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Facilities and Services

Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) has four active runways:

Runway Number Length Category
15L/33R 12,000 feet by 150 feet ILS Category I
9/27 10,000 feet by 150 feet, R/W 27 ILS Category II
8/26 9,400 feet by 150 feet, R/W 26 ILS Category III A
15R/33L 6,000 feet by 100 feet

Associated with the runways are navigational aids and other FAA-operated facilities which include: an Instrument Landing System for each major runway, an Airport Surveillance Radar, and other highly sophisticated navigational aids and lighting systems for all runways. The airport is also equipped with the Low Level Alert Wind Shear System. The airport's aircraft rescue and firefighting facility meets current FAA safety standards.

General Facts About IAH
  • Underground inter-terminal passenger train to all terminals and the airport hotel
  • New above ground inter-terminal passenger train between terminals B and C
  • Free shuttle to and from economy parking
  • Marriott Hotel on the airport
  • 24-hour mail facility
  • More than 550,000 sq. ft. of cargo space
  • More than 19,000 parking spaces
  • Ground transportation services to downtown Houston
  • Two fixed-base operators on the airport
Continental Airlines Aircraft
Continental Airlines aircraft at IAH.
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