MIAMI — Houston, a new international terminal should be on the way. Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport plans to demolish its more than 20-year-old terminal to build a new one in the coming years. Last week, the airport released its initial plans for the new terminal.
“Our traffic at Terminal D has quadrupled since we first opened,” Jarret Simmons, assistant aviation director of planning for HAS, said in an interview with the Houston Business Journal. “It’s at capacity right now, and every year since 2007 we’ve had at least one new international carrier arrive. In the last year, we had two new carriers arrive.”
Terminal D plays a critical role for Houston IAH. Approximately 2 million international passengers travel through the airport annually, and its many’s first impression of Houston, Texas, and the United States. Now, it’s time for the upgrade, but there is a lot of work ahead.
The design plans still have to be finalized, and it is expected that construction will begin in the first quarter of 2017. The airport estimates that it will be completed in five years.
Meanwhile, United will continue renovating its Terminal B north concourse. Once the renovation is completed, the Houston Business Journal reports that United will move its Terminal C north operations to Terminal B north in 2016. This will allow the Houston Airport System to demolish Terminal C north for a new international terminal.
The Houston Airport System is quick to point out that Houston’s city council still needs to sign off on the plans.