IAH takes off with $4B in renovationsIAH takes off with $4B in renovationshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=146632016-09-30T05:00:00Z2016-09-30T20:25:00Z

​​HOUSTON - The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is receiving $4 billion in improvement projects over the next decade, said Jarrett Simmons, assistant director of aviation, capital projects and planning.

The plans include makeovers for four terminals—including an international terminal—120 new restaurants and stores and more than 2,000 new parking spaces.

“This process started about six-eight months ago and will go on for the next 12 months because it takes a lot to build out the restaurants and stores,” Simmons said.

Construction on the $244 million renovation of domestic Terminal C is projected to be complete in March.

The project includes a facility that is 100,000 sf larger than the previous Terminal C, according to United Airlines. 

The remodel is a joint project between the Houston Airport System, the City of Houston and United.

Construction on the $1.5 billion Mickey Leland International Terminal, which will replace Terminal D, is expected to begin before the end of 2017.

The planned terminal will take up 780,000 sf.

Once Terminal C and the Leland International Terminal are completed, the airport will shift its focus to Terminals A and B.

The projects are necessary for IAH on the heels of rapid growth. The international airport had 42 million travelers come through in 2015—a 2 million increase from 2014.

Meanwhile, the number of travelers has grown by 1 percent in 2016, despite a decline in business travelers due to the oil and gas industry down-turn.

The success of IAH has been a source of demand for undeveloped land in Humble, according to developers and city officials.

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