George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Overview

Hey y’all, I decided to make a topic about my home airport. IAH has been around for a while, and has seen many things come and go. I wanted to share these things, and give you my opinion.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport - IAH

IAH is a Class B airport located north of the city of Houston. It serves as a hub for United Airlines and Atlas Airlines, and is a focus city for Spirit.

Airport Specifications


•15L/33R 12,001
•15R/33L 10,000
•9/27 10,000
•8R/26L 9,402
•8L/26R 9,000

All measurements in feet
Read more about IAH’s runways here

You can find more charts and procedures at the above link

Terminals, Cargo Facilities, and Tower

IAH has 5 terminals, A, B, C, D, and E. Each terminal serves a variety of airlines.

A - Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Elite, Frontier, Spirt, Texas Sky, United
B - United
C - United
D - AeroMexico, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, ANA, Avianca, British Airways, Emirates, EVA, InterJet, KLM, Korean Air^, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore, Turkish, United, Viva, Volaris
E - AeroMexico, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, ANA, Avianca, British Airways, Emirates, EVA, InterJet, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore, Turkish, United, Viva, Volaris

Cargo Facilities

In 2003, Houston decided to build a new, $125,000,000 cargo center, capable of holding up to 20 widebody aircraft at a time. This new facility, the George Bush Intercontinental CargoCenter holds a Federal Inspection Facitilty (FIS) that houses Customs, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the United States Department of Agriculture. All cargo airlines use the CargoCenter with the exception of FedEx.

CargoCenter - Air Bridge Cargo, Air France Cargo, Amazon Prime Air, Ameristar Air Cargo, Baron Avation Services, CargoLogic Air, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Centurion Air Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, DHL Aviation, Emirates SkyCargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Martinaire, Qatar Airways Cargo, Turkish Airlines Cargo, UPS Airlines

Central Cargo - FedEx


George Bush Intercontinental has 2 ATC towers. As of 2018, only this tower is active. It is located in the center of the airport with a clear view of all departing and arriving aircraft.

Airlines and Aircraft
This is a list of all the aircraft that serve Houston, and which aircraft is used. Below the list will be a link to see the destinations those airlines serve.

AeroMexico - E190
Air Canada - E175, E190, CRJ7, CRJ9
Air China - B77W
Air France - B77W, A332 (Winter), A333 (Winter)
Air New Zealand - B789
Alaska Airlines - B738, B739
American Airlines - MD82, MD83, MD88, B738, E175
ANA - B77W
Avianca - E190
British Airways - B772
Delta Air Lines - MD88, B717, CRJ7, CRJ9
Emirates - B77W
EVA - B77W
Frontier - A319, A320, A32N, A321
InterJet - A320
KLM - B744, B789 (March 12)
Lufthansa - A388, B748 (Winter)
Qatar - B77L, B77W
Singapore Airlines - A359
Spirit - A319, A320, A32N, A321
Turkish Airlines - B77W
United Airlines - A319, A320, E135, E145, E45X, E170, E175, CRJ7, B737, B738, B739, B752, B753, B763, B764, B772, B77W, B788, B789
WestJet - B736, B737, B738
Viva - A320
Volaris - A320, A32N

New Airlines
2018 looks to be a good year for IAH. New airlines have looked into serving Houston, and will start their service before 2019. Philippines Airlines (PAL) has announced a new service to either Houston or Chicago on a Boeing aircraft. Air India has also announced they may be starting service to Houston on a Boeing 787 aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines has also been looking at serving either Chicago or Houston on their 787 Dreamliner. Bahamas Air recently started service with a 737-500, Nassau to Houston. The service began on November 15, 2017, and will continue into the foreseeable future.

Future of IAH
The city of Houston introduced a master plan for George Bush Intercontinental in 2005. The plan calls for a runway 8C/26C. There is also another runway in the plan, but, to build this runway, Houston would need to buy land from neighboring neighborhoods. This runway would be positioned on the south side of the airport and would be named 9R/27L. There will also be improvements to the terminals. Terminal B’s circular flight will be rebuilt into linear facilities similar to Terminal A. In the long term plan, unit terminals will be demolished and the North and South Concourses to be linked midway. Soon after, the facilities in the North and South Concourses will be linked to form two long, continuous facilities. In addition, a new Central Passenger Processing facility will also be built, named the East Terminal along with an underground transportation system.

IAH was ranked the fastest growing airport in the United States in 2016, and will continue growing in the near future. New airlines will begin serving Houston, along with new aircraft. Many airfield improvements will occur, with terminal improvements as well. I think that Houston will eventually become an even bigger hub for connecting the United States and Mexico. Houston will transform into an airport known world wide, with services to every corner of the Earth. The future definitely looks bright for IAH.


IAH terminal map - IAH airport terminal map (Texas - USA)

Two planes nearly collide at IAH

Houston Tx 2015 Fedex Mcdonnel Douglass Stock Footage Video (100% Royalty-free) 10504646 | Shutterstock


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If you’d like me to do more airports, simply request them in this topics comments.

Thank you so much for reading this! I put a lot of time and effort into this, and I hope you’ll appreciate it. IAH is definitely one of my favorite airports, and I’m glad I could share it with you.


Love the post, very detailed and I learned a few things in just three minutes of reading carefully. We need more posts like this in the community, full of substance and something that can teach you something you have never learned before.

Great Work Matt!


Very nice! Would love this if it was, say weekly or monthly!

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Thanks for the kind words guys @CathayPacific! I think I’ll do one once every 2 weeks.

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You sure about this one? I flew there from Auckland on a 772ER.

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They just changed it to a B789 recently.

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Well darn, that would’ve been fun to fly on. Missed out on it by like a month then :/

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Yep, ANZ operated the 772 and 77W to Houston, but in December they switched it to the 789.

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