United Airlines has agreed a major investment in its hub at Houston Airport (IAH) with its Terminal B Transformation Program.
The project will see the construction of 40 new gates for both domestic and international travel.
“This investment further supports United’s position as Houston Airport carrier of choice,” said Phil Griffith, United’s VP of IAH.
The Terminal B transformation includes expanding curbside and roadway capacity, along with expanding the ticketing lobby.
The third floor is expected to house a streamlined security processing area.
Once through security, the New Terminal B North expansion comprises two new passenger concourses.
The Terminal B North Concourse, measuring 765,000 square feet over three levels, will house 22 narrow-body gates.
A large United Club at the mezzanine level will offer views of the airfield.
It is set to become the largest United Club.
The Terminal B South Concourse project involves converting 30 gates that currently house smaller, 50-seat regional jets to accommodate larger jets.
All United flights at Houston Airport will then be boarded via jet bridge.
The concourse design is expected to feature amenities like a sensory room, a multimedia interactive United-branded “park,” and comfort zones for passengers with disabilities.
The project will also include two major concessions hubs, offering 115,000 square feet of food and retail space.
The baggage claim hall will be expanded with a new baggage handling system, equipped with advanced baggage tracking technology.
“This redevelopment will bring nearly 3,000 new jobs to Houston. The bigger domestic terminal will amplify Houston’s reputation as a premier destination,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
United Airlines expects to invest more than $1.9 billion in the Terminal B Transformation Program and the City of Houston will fund $624 million in enabling projects required for the program.
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