About George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Our city's largest airport, George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), joined the Houston Airport System in June 1969.

Bush Intercontinental is located 22 miles north of downtown Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 North)

The airport is operated and maintained by the City of Houston Department of Aviation. The Houston Airport System functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base for airport operations, maintenance or capital improvements.
Welcome to George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Fast Facts

  • More than 11,000 acres
  • IAH carriers provide scheduled non-stop domestic and international service to nearly 200 destinations
  • Nearly 43 million passengers traveled through IAH in 2015, including more than 11.6 million international passengers
  • More than 650 daily departures from IAH
  • With nearly 30 destinations in Mexico, IAH offers service to more Mexican destinations than any other U.S. airport
  • 11th busiest airport in the U.S. for total passenger traffic
  • 29 passenger airlines [ more info]
  • 5 passenger terminals [ more info]
  • 13 all-cargo airlines at IAH, handled more than 419,000 metric tons of cargo in 2014
General Facts

  • Serves as the largest hub for United Airlines with more than 650 daily departures
  • Above ground inter-terminal Skyway to all terminals
  • Underground inter-terminal Subway to all terminals and the airport hotel
  • $440 million, 784,000 sq. foot Terminal E and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) with 84 primary inspection booths that can process over 4,500 passengers per hour
  • Free shuttle to and from two ecopark locations, the official on-airport value lot
  • Marriott Hotel is accessible from all five IAH terminals
  • More than 880,000 sq. ft. of cargo area to handle more than 419,000 metric tons
  • More than 25,000 parking spaces
  • Ground transportation services to downtown Houston
  • Two fixed-base operators on the airport
  • Consolidated car rental facility

Runways & Airfield Facilities

George Bush Intercontinental Runways
Runway Dimensions Type
15L/33R 12,000 feet by 150 feet R/W 33 ILS Category I
9/27 10,000 feet by 150 feet R/W 27 - ILS Category I/III
8R/26L 9,400 feet by 150 feet R/W 26 - ILS Category I/III
15R/33L 10,000 feet by 150 feet R/W 15 - ILS Category I
8L/26R 9000 feet by 150 feet R/W 26 ILS Category III

Navigational aids and other FAA-operated facilities which include:

  • Instrument Landing System for each major runway
  • Airport Surveillance Radar
  • Other highly sophisticated navigational aids and lighting systems for all runways
  • Low Level Alert Wind Shear System
  • Doppler radar to enhance weather prediction
  • Aircraft rescue and firefighting facility meet current FAA safety standards
  • Runway 8L/26R - utilizes LED Taxiway Edge Light Fixtures
  • Three parallel Category III runways at IAH permit triple independent simultaneous all-weather flight operations

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