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George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan!

Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:09 am

Has anyone ever checked out the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Master Plan? It is really something to look at, which will include a complete redesign of the terminal structure and layout. Officials believe that IAH will have 68 million passengers by 2025, which is double last year's figures.

http://web.houstonairportsystem.org/iahmasterplan/frame.htm

Bush Intercontinental will actually resemble the terminal layout found at Atlanta's Hartsfield, which include remote pier-fingered terminals. Every terminal will get demolished (including the airport Marriot), except the new Terminal E and the International Arrivals Building. Terminal D will not be demolished per se, however, it will get major refurbishments and two addition fingers.

Some airfield items on the Master Plan include:

1. Two new runways. 8C-26C will be located north of the terminals in between 8R-26L and 8L-26R (obviously). The 9R-27L runway will be located south of the terminals and 9L-27R.
2. Construct perimeter taxiways.
3. Construct mid-field taxiways.

Some Near-Term Terminal items include:

1. Extend the TerminaLink to Terminal A.
2. Reconfigure the satellite concourses in Terminal B into six linear concourses.
3. Construct two linear concourses at Terminal D to allow international regional and narrow body jets.
4. Extend the north and south concourses of Terminal A.

Some Long-Term Terminal items include:

1. Demolish Terminals A, B, and C, along with the Marriot Hotel, and construct five linear concourses connected by an underground tram.
2. Construct a bran new terminal to the east of Terminal E and the IAB. This new terminal will contain a central, consolidated domestic check-in facility.

Other improvements include: widening roadways, acquiring more land, relocation of Will Clayton Parkway, building a consolidated parking garage, and relocating airline maintenance facilities south of runway 9L-27R. These improvements are very exciting for Houston of course, Continental.
 
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RE: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan!

Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:24 am

Quoting CO767 (Thread starter):

Some Long-Term Terminal items include:

1. Demolish Terminals A, B, and C, along with the Marriot Hotel, and construct five linear concourses connected by an underground tram.

In other words, tear it down and make it look like ATL and DEN.
 
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RE: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan!

Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:37 am

Quoting CO767 (Thread starter):
Officials believe that IAH will have 68 million passengers by 2025, which is double last year's figures.

I wouldn't be shocked if this projection were correct. The Houston economy is really booming, and as long as fusion remains an unviable source of energy, the underlying fundamentals keeping the economy strong there aren't going to go away. Plus, I'd imagine that the IAH hub operation will grow in importance for CO as the 787s come online. Given that doubling the passenger count will require 3-4% annual growth (closer to 4%), again, that doesn't seem implausible.

That said, I recall seeing a NYC airport study from 1960 or so that predicted that 240 million people (or something like that) would pass through NYC airports by the year 2000. And unless I'm way off base, I think they might have missed that by just a tad. Or an order of magnitude.  Wink

Here's a question: It doesn't look like the fundamental layout of, say, DFW will change much in the next two decades. Which airport would be better for a massive hub operation? IAH 2025 (a/k/a Atlanta II) or DFW with another terminal and another runway or two?
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RE: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan!

Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:39 am

Wow this is going to be a ton of work. I fly there often out of DAL. I've been going out there since 1969 as a very young kid and the runway layout and terminals do need to an update if the current traffic volume increases. I love going to IAH but the current layout looks like a game of domino's and pick-up sticks. Sounds like a plan and hope all goes well. I can only imagine what Friday night will be like during construction. Thanks for the info.
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RE: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan

Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:13 am

Of course all of this is assuming that in the coming years CO's birds will not be wearing those wretched 'U's on their tails (if some of the UA lovers in another thread have their way) and boys from Chi-Town decide not to loot and pillage IAH leaving it as bare as STL or PIT.

I viewed these few years back and the striking resemblance to ATL left me unimpressed. Frankly I would like to have seen something unique that stands out. As these plans are not set in stone and airport designs will likely change in the next 20 years, who knows what changes will be made? That said, while aesthetically unappealing as this design is, it works well for ATL and I suppose at the end of the day, that is all that is important.

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RE: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan!

Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:22 am

Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 4):
Of course all of this is assuming that in the coming years CO's birds will not be wearing those wretched 'U's on their tails (if some of the UA lovers in another thread have their way) and boys from Chi-Town decide not to loot and pillage IAH leaving it as bare as STL or PIT.

Not terribly likely, I would think. As noted, Houston has a robust economy and, with it, much better O&D than either STL or PIT. It also is a considerably larger MSA than either of the above. As it is now, it supports a second airport (Hobby) in addition to a major hub quite nicely.

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RE: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan!

Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:45 am

A side note about Houston and its economy.

Even though the airport is becoming known as a major hub (especially to Latin and South America), over 43 percent of Bush Intercontinental travellers are from Houston, aka, non-connecting paxs.
 
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RE: George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Master Plan!

Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:53 pm

While they are demolishing things demolish that west complex called 15L/R since Lord knows the prevailing winds in souteast Texas NEVER are from the southeast! With all the east/west talk, the 15/33 complex is worthless from and all weather air traffic perspective and having to protect for a missed approach, a quad simultaneous approach blunder ( in todays world it has to be protected) and then there is the famous can't land east on all the runways since you have to fly over the 15/33 complex when landing on Runway 9.

Best to the HAS in this concept and dealing with the noise Nazi's!
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