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What to Expect at the New Mickey Leland International Terminal 

The Mickey Leland International Terminal (MLIT) is a Capital Development Program designed to modernize and expand Terminal C North and Terminal D at IAH.  United Airlines as well as our foreign flag air carriers are in need of additional international arrival gates to accommodate future growth. 

On June, 18, 2014, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between United Airlines and the Houston Airport System was passed unanimously by the Houston City Council. The MOA secures support from United Airlines in working through the logistical phasing issues inherent with a project of this scope and size, and it also enhances an existing funding mechanism used by the Houston Airport System (HAS) in securing the necessary dollars for infrastructure improvement projects.

To view the MLIT Program Definition Manual (PDM), Click Here.



The new plan calls for the demolition of the more than 20-year-old building and the construction of a modern, state-of-the-art facility that reflects Bush Intercontinental Airport’s standing as a premiere global gateway and a vital economic engine for the Houston region’s strong economy.




The aesthetics of the building will be improved through a more open and modern design that relies heavily on natural light and offers passengers an intuitive flow through the entire travel process.  The building and its amenities will also help to create a “sense of place” for guests, clearly conveying a Texas feel and “Houston Friendly” ambiance.






Operational capabilities would also be dramatically improved with construction of a new terminal, as the new building would feature a total of 15 gates, each of them capable of accommodating wide body aircraft such as the Airbus A380.







Terminal D — primarily serving international flights— is at capacity during peak hours and an expansion and modernization of the terminal is warranted to accommodate future growth.  In addition, the facility and many of its systems need to be updated to meet current building codes and operational standards.




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