George Bush Intercontinental Airport is one of two major commercial airports in the Houston area. The airport is located over 20 miles from downtown Houston. George Bush Intercontinental serves over 40 million passengers each year making it one of the top ten busiest airports in the United States. The airport is named in honor of President George H.W. Bush.
The airport first opened in 1969 with the name Houston Intercontinental Airport. Terminals A and B were part of the airport's original construction. A third terminal was added in 1981 to accomodate the airport's growing passenger load. Terminal D was built in 1990, and the airport expanded once again by building Terminal E in 2003.
As the airport continued to expand and offer more flights, an above ground train linking the terminals was built. This train operates within the security zone so that passengers can go throughout the airport without having to pass through numerous security checkpoints. In addition to the above ground train, the airport also offers an underground train that links all of the terminals with the airport's onsite hotel.
George Bush Intercontinental currently operates five runways all constructed of concrete. The longest runway is just over 12,000 feet in length. The other four runways range in length from 9,000 to 10,000 feet.
Once passengers arrive at George Bush Intercontinental, they will find several amenities designed for passenger comfort and convenience. Wi-Fi Internet service is available. However, passengers should note that this service is not complimentary at the airport. The only complimentary Wi-Fi service provided is access to flight information at the airport.
For those needing to recharge their cell phone or laptop batteries, there are two options at the airport. There are several Rapid Charge machines located in every terminal. Also, every terminal is served by a Samsung Charging Station.
Flyers traveling with young children are provided with nursery facilities. One nursery is located at Terminal D by Gates 7 and 8. The other nursery is located at Terminal B by Gates B84-91.
Those wishing to find a quiet place for contemplation and meditation can use one of the airport's Interfaith Chapels. These chapels are open all hours everyday of the week. One chapel may be found in Terminal D by Gates 7 and 8, and the second chapel is located at Terminal C near Gates 29-33. An airport chaplain is on duty to assist with passenger's spiritual needs.
Passengers traveling with service animals or pets may use the airports pet relief and exercise areas. These facilities are located outside of Terminals A, B, and D.
The airport has several parking options. All of the terminals have a parking lot that charges on an hourly basis. Valet parking services are available at these lots. At a greater distance are two EcoPark lots. These lots offer hourly parking in both a covered and an uncovered parking facility. Finally, there is a 'members only' parking lot called SurePark. Members are guaranteed a parking space when they arrive for their flight.