United Airlines and Houston Airport System (HAS) have invested more than $2.5bn in the airline’s Terminal B Transformation Program to construct 40 new gates at the city’s main airport.

HAS, a department of the city of Houston, will support United’s $1.9bn expansion of its George Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal with $624m in enabling projects to build the new Terminal B North and improve the capabilities of the existing Terminal B South concourse.

Phil Griffith, United’s vice-president of the airport, said: “This investment further supports United’s position as Houston’s carrier of choice.

“On behalf of our more than 14,000 employees who call Houston home, I can’t wait to continue to do all we can to serve our customers flying to, from and through our hub on more than 400 flights each day.”

The Terminal B North expansion will see the creation of a 765,000ft² concourse housing 22 narrow-body gates and a new United Club airport lounge, the largest in the airline’s system, while the Terminal B South investment will convert 30 existing gates designed for 50-seat regional jets to accommodate larger two-class regional jets.

Additionally, work on the terminal will see the baggage claim hall expanded and upgraded with new systems, as well as an expanded ticketing lobby and a new streamlined security processing area.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner highlighted the positive benefits for the city’s community with the investment in the project, which the city believes will see fully recoverable costs through rates and charges paid by airlines and other operators at the airport.

Turner said: “This redevelopment programme will bring nearly 3,000 new jobs to Houston. The bigger and more modern domestic terminal will amplify Houston’s reputation as a premier destination and cultivate even more opportunities for future economic development.”

United’s investment into the terminal, one of the oldest at the airport, continues the expansion of its presence at the major airport and follows the launch of its $32m Inflight Training Centre in Houston at the beginning of this year.

It also continues a successful year for the airline, which reported a ‘record’ pre-tax quarterly revenue intake in Q3 2023, attributing it to increased passenger numbers and a strong on-time performance by its flights.