United presently has about 30 mainline aircraft parked at IAH (full-sized planes from Boeing and Airbus) and will operate a limited number of flights to their other hubs. These hubs include Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington Dulles. A search on United's website showed at least one flight to Newark showing a Wednesday night on-time departure. One-way tickets were for sale on United's website for $357.20, a typical one-way price for Houston to Newark flights.
While there are regional jets currently at IAH, customers should expect regional jet flights to be cancelled through until at least the weekend.
Other airlines, such as American Airlines, Delta, and JetBlue (at Hobby) are showing operations returning tomorrow.
Southwest airlines is saying presently that limited operations will resume Saturday at noon.
“We have heard from many fellow Houstonians who are anxious to return home, to assess their circumstances following the storm and to join our recovery efforts,” said Mayor Turner. “Our airports continue to provide a critical link to humanitarian efforts, to the military and to a world willing to support the tough task of getting back to normal.
Bush, Hobby and Ellington airports have all remained open for humanitarian, recovery and military flights throughout the duration of emergency operations for Hurricane Harvey.