George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is the largest of the three airports serving the Houston, TX area. Intercontinental Airport is located 23 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas, near the Sam Houston Tollway.
Opening in 1969 as Houston Intercontinental, the new airport received all of the passenger flights from Houston’s Hobby Airport until Hobby reopened in 1971 with domestic flights offered by Southwest Airlines.
Houston International Airport lies on 10,000 acres and has 5 long runways. The airport has service to over 170 destinations including non-stop domestic flights as well as international service. With over 700 flights departing daily, IAH serves over 40 million passengers a year, making it the 8th busiest passenger airport in the US. IAH has more destinations in Mexico than any other US airport with over 30 destinations.
18 passenger airlines serve the airport from 5 passenger terminals – A, B, C, D, and E. Intercontinental Airport is the largest hub of Houston headquartered Continental Airlines. Continental has over 700 daily departures from IAH. The 5 terminals as well as the International Arrivals Building are all connected by a free above ground train called the TerminaLink. An underground inter-terminal train connects the terminals with The Airport Marriott Hotel located in the center of the terminal complex.