George Bush Intercontinental Airport will start operations at its new Terminal B south concourse to accommodate United Airlines’ regional aircraft operations by mid-May 2013.
Work on the new terminal started in January 2012 as part of Phase I of the three-phase, $1bn project, and after completion it will serve regional aircraft with up to 76 seats.
The new $97m, 225,000ft² facility, which is nearly four times the size of the previous south concourse, aims to offer an improved passenger experience.
The new facility houses 13,000ft² of restaurants and shops, as well as a central passenger lounge.
United Airlines will commence operation at the facility with 15 gates, while 15 additional gates are scheduled to be opened by the end of 2013.
Houston Airport System director Mario Diaz said that the renovation of Terminal B has been built with the cooperation between United Airlines and the Houston Airport System.
"The new facilities, spacious concourse and wide variety of attractive concessions will provide a customer experience that today’s passengers have come to expect," Diaz said.
The Terminal B, which is the major facility for United Express flights operated by regional partners including ExpressJet, SkyWest, Trans States and Shuttle America.
Additionally, the project includes modernisation of the central terminal B lobby and baggage claim areas, as well as addition of a new north concourse for mainline and regional jets, a new terminal B Federal Inspections Services facility and infrastructure enhancements.
The overall project is expected to be finished within seven to ten years.
Image: The new concourse is built as part of the airport’s Phase I of the three-phase, $1bn project. Photo: courtesy of Houston Airport System.