Google Maps Lands at Houston Airports
November 29, 2011
HOUSTON, Nov. 29—The Houston Airport System announces a partnership with Google Maps that will bring new functionality inside five terminals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), as well as William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) starting Nov. 29 that will allow users of Android devices to view the terminal floor plans to locate gates, retail, dining, ATMs and other amenities.
“Houston is thrilled to be included in this launch with Google,” said Mario Diaz, director of Houston Airport System. “The majority of our passengers are connecting through our terminals and this new technology will enhance the customer experience by instantly allowing our passengers to search for services and amenities at their fingertips.”
As a partner with Google, IAH and HOU are two of a select number of airports in North America with this new feature. A user can access Google Maps on their Android device and zoom to part of the airport floor plan. Users can browse these floor plans for each floor of the location, and where the information is available; see their detailed location indoors via the familiar “blue dot” icon.
“Travelers can now use Google Maps for Android to more quickly and effortlessly figure out where they are and what’s around them when they’re indoors,” said Steve Lee, Director of Product Management at Google. “We’re thrilled to work with Houston to improve people’s airport experience and help them determine various places within the venue they might want to go – be it a specific gate, ticket counter, restaurant, or just a restroom or ATM.”
As part of Google Maps for Android, indoor maps are available whenever a user has a connection for their mobile device. In their pocket or purse, they now have much more information about their location and what is around them.
Users can quickly and easily see where they are in relation to where they want to go before boarding a flight, such as duty-free shopping, dining or enjoying a beverage.
Indoor maps are seamlessly integrated into Google Maps--there is no separate app to download and no need to download individual areas. As the user zooms in, the map will automatically display the indoor floor plan with labeled points of interest.
George Bush Intercontinental, the 7th busiest airport in the United States, operates flights to approximately 120 domestic destinations and nearly 70 international destinations. Bush is the largest hub for the largest airline in the world -- United Airlines, and serves 40 million passengers annually.
Hobby Airport is the 41st busiest airport in the United States and serves nine million passengers annually with six scheduled service airlines that collectively serve 34 domestic destinations.