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User currently offlineAeroman62 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

Maybe I'm too fussy, however in the past year, I have sat in 15+ long lines of mainly CO planes lining up to take off from IAH's two SE/NE runways, on days when the weather is pristine. This after opening a new E/W runway on the north side of the airport, and repaving another. I get the whole wind thing, etc., however has it occurred to the planners at CO that their connection banks are overwhelming the IAH system. I feel sorry for the lone AA or US flight that gets caught in those lines.

And for the poor connecting passengers who offload a COEX flight in one of terminal B's western banjos, and have to dash with 30 minutes to their flight in the eastern concourse of terminal E, that's a pain and heart pounding dash. It is starting to remind me of Atlanta, which I go out of my way to avoid connecting through.

I love CO, I'm just starting to wonder about the efficiency and ease of IAH.

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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

They're still working on it. BTW, Terminal B's banjos are the next project for the Houston Airport System to tackle. Within the next couple of years, they will be gone and replaced with the more-traditional wings. Did you try the trains? There are two (one subway-style going from A to E, the other elevated, going from B to E) you might consider on your next layover.

User currently offlineAeroman62 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

The trains don't do you much good when you arrive at one end of the behemouth, and have to get to the other in less than 30 minutes. I'm glad to hear they have plans to remodel.

User currently offlineVortex From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

I guess you've never taken off from LGA during rush hour. 15+ planes isn't bad

User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

I don't understand your problem with ATL. It's so simple. I've connected through there 100 times on DL and have never had a problem connecting in time because of the design of the airport. I think that sometimes it's so easy its dumbfounds people.

User currently offline10MID From Singapore, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

You know what? We're sitting on the flight deck on a clear day and wonder ourselves what's going on. But the delays at IAH are nothing compared tp EWR.

The underground terminal train sucks because you have to go outside of security.

Try connecting from a COEX Mexico arrival to a CO flight at the end of Terminal E. That mad dash is the sole reason why I work out.

User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

The elevated system is open to E now? And I could never find the subway as many times as I connected through IAH. I never left the secured side,that could be the reason why.

I actually like the runway layout of IAH. The two departing runways separates outgoing and incoming aircraft very well. No crossing of active runways necessary. Even landing on the northen most runway is comparable to DFW's 15 minute taxi times.

The fact that IAH also uses two close parallel runways for departures (just DFW do on the west side) makes me wander why ATL's ATC do not do the same during the times incoming flights are low.

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