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Infrastructure Improvements at Bush, Hobby and Ellington

Renovation programs and new facilities make big difference

Houston Airport System
December 17, 2010

The ceremonial scissors haven’t collected much dust in 2010, as ribbon cuttings and major expansion programs make regular headlines for the Houston Airport System.

At various times of the year, construction crews could be found improving everything from taxiways to baggage claim areas at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington (EFD) Airports.

Hobby Airport

Houston’s Hobby Airport looks like a new place after a $250 million renovation to enhance the customer experience. The projects completed in 2010 include:
  • Increased space in ticketing lobby for customer
    check in
  • Improved traffic flow in terminal from the front door to the security checkpoint
  • Temporary baggage claim opens to allow for major work in permanent baggage claim Gate improvements to streamline both flight operations and passenger flow

"William P. Hobby Airport plays a vital role in the overall success of Houston," says Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "These improvements will be a positive first impression of Houston for business travelers and tourists visiting our fair city. In addition, the renovation of one of the area's key economic engines helps the local economy by creating good-paying construction jobs."

Bush Airport

The most recent changes at George Bush Intercontinental Airport are on the airfield as work is underway to complete a reconstruction on taxiways originally built in 1965.

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All three airports within the Houston Airport System are undergoing major improvements.

The work is funded with a $15.7 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The project will put IAH in a better position to handle the larger aircraft being used in the aviation industry today, such as the Airbus 380.

Work on the project is expected to reach completion on May 8, 2012.

Ellington Airport At Ellington Airport, more than $100 million worth of construction work is slated for completion by the end of the year, much of it part of the Pentagon’s “Grow the Army” project.

Ten buildings are being constructed under the federal program, including a state-of-the-art battle command training center. Once the facilities have been completed, additional Army Nation Guard and Reserve units are expected to relocate to Ellington.

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