Your Guide to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Airport Guide

Photo by Benet J. Wilson

Edited by Benet Wilson

Here's my guide with quick links to information about flight status, getting to the airport, parking/maps, security checkpoints, airlines, airport amenities, Wi-Fi, and unusual services at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. 

The airport, which opened in June 1969, is the fifth-largest in the United States, with flights to around 200 destinations. A hub for United Airlines, it served more than 40 million passengers in 2014, handled more than 650 daily departures and operates with five runways.

It offers passengers service on 25 airlines, an on-site Marriott hotel, nearly 25,000 parking spaces and an underground inter-terminal passenger train to all terminals and the airport hotel.

And Intercontinental is not resting on its laurels. The airport is working on its Master Plan 2035, which will help the facility handle growth and offer travelers an improved passenger experience. Projects underway include: adding the new Terminal B North Pier in between the existing Terminal B North gates and the existing Terminal C North Pier; the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, which will create a four-level single consolidated terminal building; and adding 2,200 new parking spaces.

2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032

Flight Status

Travelers can check flight departures and arrivals by airline, by city and by flight number on the airport's website. It also partnered with FlightStats to send flight alerts via email or mobile phones including a status confirmation up to three hours before departure; notification if a flight is delayed by more than 30 minutes or if it's canceled or diverted; and notification when a flight lands.

Getting to George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Parking at IAH

The airport has more than 25,000 parking spaces at its terminals, its ecopark economy lot and corporate parking. Prices range from $5.54 a day for economy to $26 a day for valet parking. The airport has a guide that reports how full lots and garages are and offers guaranteed parking under the SurePark program. The Corporate Park program allows companies to get parking discounts in all lots. 

Maps of IAH Airport

Intercontinental sits on 11,000 acres of land, five terminals, and an on-site hotel. The map shows lists of airlines, amenities, and services, shopping, and dining.

Security CheckpointsThe airport has seven checkpoints, all with TSA PreCheck

Airlines at George Bush AirportThe airport is served by 25 passenger airlines, along with passenger charter airlines. It served more than 53 million passengers in 2014, serving as United Airlines' largest hub. Carriers offer approximately 200 domestic and international nonstop flights.

IAH Airport Amenities: Besides shopping, dining, and services, the airport offers pet relief areas, multi-lingual special service representatives, visitor information centers, a currency exchange booth and its TerminalLink automated people mover.


The Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental is located between terminals B and C. Other hotels in the area include: 

Check guest reviews and prices for hotels near Bush Intercontinental on TripAdvisor.

Unusual Services

You may remember my post "10 U.S. Airport Churches." Bush Intercontinental is the home to two interfaith chapels. These chapels offer service to airport employees, travelers and the airport community at large. The facilities serve around 50 million travelers a year from all over the world. The first chapel is located in Terminal C near Gates 29-33 and the second chapel is in Terminal D, near Gate 8. 

The chapels offer travelers the following services:

  • Pastoral and spiritual counseling
  • A helping hand for passengers at any airline terminal or airport facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Help for airport employees in dealing with the daily pressures of their jobs
  • Information, guidance, and consolation to confused, lonely or grief-stricken passengers
  • A retreat where people of all faiths can give thanks or meditate

Houston Airport System, which operates Intercontinental, has one of the largest collections of public art in Texas. The city of Houston’s Civic Art Program partnered with the airport to collect commissioned and donated works of art. This art has been installed in the airport's five terminals as a way to provide aesthetic and cultural value to the identity of the city. Pieces include everything from sculptures to photographs, placed inside and outside of the airport.

Art at Houston Intercontinental

Current exhibits include:

  • The Countree Music sculpture by Terry Allen;
  • The Houston Bayou mural by Dixie Friend Gay;
  • The bust of Mickey Leland by Ed Dwight;
  • The painting Wind Trees by George Sacaris;
  • The airport's iconic outdoor Light Spikes sculpture by J. Baker/ Llewelyn-Davies Sahni, Inc.

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