The expansion of airport services represents Houston’s strong economy Houston Airport System and Continental Airlines recently announced the details of the planned expansion of Terminal B at IAH. The construction will include the addition of a new Federal Inspection Services facility to handle the increase in international travelers. Terminal B is one of the airport’s original terminals, opened in 1969. The modernization plans include: · Expansion of the automated train system to include Terminal A · Refurbish the main lobby and baggage claim areas of Terminal B · New north concourse for mainline and regional jets · New south concourse for domestic regional jets · Expansion of the parking structure · Improvements to roadways, fuel storage systems, signage and utilities The project is slated to begin later this year. The construction will be done in phases and is expected to be completed in the next seven to 10 years. The expansion will increase the size of Terminal B from 360,000 square feet to 1.7 million square feet. The increase in size will make it larger than the size of Minute Maid Park. IAH is continuing to evolve as a major international airport. Last year, the airport added seven new passenger and cargo carriers serving international destinations. For additional information on the Houston Airport System, visit Top photo: Proposed expansion of the new ramp area of Terminal B for regional jets. Bottom photo: The refurbishment of Terminal B will include an expansion of the lobby area.

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