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George Bush Intcntl Houston Airport Guide (IAH)

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Named after George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is located about 23 miles north of Downtown Houston. IAH opened in June 1969 and is the 10th busiest in North America with 40,187,442 passengers in 2011.

Transfer between Terminals

The airport has a total of five terminals that cover 250 acres, with 1.5-mile between Terminal A to Terminal D. Terminal A handles all non-United domestic, Canada operations, and some United Express operations. Terminal B serves all United Express operations except for international arrivals. Terminal C serves as United Airlines' main base of domestic operations. Terminal D houses all non-United international flights except for United Express international arrivals. All United international mainline flights arrive at Terminal E while all United Express international flights arrive at Terminal D. In addition to international flights, some larger United domestic mainline flights also operate out of Terminal E. An above ground train called TerminaLink connects Terminals A, B, C, D, E, and the International Arrivals Building. This allows passengers to travel within the airport without having to re-enter security. An underground inter-terminal train outside of the sterile zone connects all five terminals and the airport hotel.

Nearby Airport Hotels

The Houston Airport Marriott hotel at George Bush Intercontinental, 18700 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Houston, Texas 77032, 1-281-443-2310. This hotel is located in the Airport terminal complex between Terminals B and C and is accessible via the inter-terminal train. The hotel has two restaurants, a cocktail lounge, a coffee shop, pool, and a fitness center. Internet access is available for $12.95 a day and is free in the lobby and public areas. Holiday Inn Houston-Intercontinental Airport, 15222 JFK Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77032, 1-877-859-5095. †The hotelís complimentary shuttle transports guests to the airport (IAH). This hotel also offers a 24-hour business center, free wireless internet, and the flexible meeting facilities. Candlewood Suites Houston IAH, 1500 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, Texas 77032, 1-877-859-5095. This Candlewood Suites is within close proximity to the airport and boasts free wireless internet access and an airport shuttle.

Transport into Town

The Metropolitan Transit Authority, also known as METRO, offers bus service. The 102 Bush IAH Express serves the airport and is available at the south side of Terminal C. Regularly scheduled bus and shuttle service, including Super Shuttle, is provided by various carriers. Taxis can be hailed by the Ground Transportation employees outside each terminal.

Airport Lounges

British Airways Lounge is located in Terminal D near Gates D7. Enjoy a self-service bar and snack lounge for British Airways passengers flying First, Club World or Club Europe and Silver and Gold Executive Club members. KLM Crown Lounge is located in Terminal D near Gates D7. The KLM Crown Lounge accommodates business class passengers and provides light snacks, bar, wireless internet and cell phone and laptop charging stations. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 1:00 pm - 9:45 pm. The Executive Lounge is located in Terminal D near Gates D1. The Executive Lounge accommodates business class passengers flying Qatar, Emirates, and Lufthansa and provides light snacks, bar, wireless internet, and cell phone and laptop charging stations are available. United Club is located in Terminal C North near Gates 24-27; Terminal C South near Gates 29-33; Terminal A North near Gate A9; Terminal Bís Main Lobby and Mezzanine Level; Terminal E near Gates E10. The Clubs are open to members-only and offer complimentary bar service, snacks, and wireless internet. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday 5:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. USO is located in Terminal D across from Gate D2. The USO is for U.S. military and their families, and provides televisions, computers, and snacks. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Major Airlines

Approximately 20 airlines †are hosted in Houston Bush Intercontinental. IAH is the largest hub for United Airlines with an average of 600 daily United departures.

Airport Facilities

The Houston Airport System offers limited free wireless internet access. Travelers can access a free interface that provides real-time flight information and guidance for further wireless internet access beyond the free interface. IAH boasts more than 50 food and beverage establishments, a nursery, inter-faith chapel, and art exhibitions.

Car Parking

IAH has over 25,000 parking spaces available for travelers. Parking can be found at all Terminals †at rates from $3 an hour to $19 a day. For travelers in a rush, Valet Parking is available for $25 a day. Economy parking can be found at ecopark, the official On-Airport Value Lot at Bush Intercontinental Airport. A free shuttle transports travelers from ecopark to the airport, and parking costs $7.39/day.

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