The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Huston, Texas is the second largest airport in the state of Texas, after the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It was ranked by Airports Council International in 2008 as the 16th busiest airport in the world, with almost 42 million passengers that past year. The airport is located near Bordersville and the Cypresswood Golf Club and is roughly 22 miles north of Downtown Huston. The airport has separate terminals and spreads across 10,000 acres of land.
In 2008, IAH also earned the number eight spot among the busiest airports in North America. Among the top ten airports in the U.S., IAH is the fastest growing one, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Huston is also the biggest hub for Continental Airlines. Continental launches an average of 700 departures per day from IAH.
Named after the 41st president of the United States, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport is one of only three airports in the country named after a still living person, the other two being the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska and the Norman Mineta International Airport in San Jose, CA.
IAH was opened in June 1969, and it was originally named the Houston Intercontinental Airport. It had been originally scheduled to open in 1967, but it was delayed due to changes in the designs of the terminals that resulted in cost overruns and a law suit by the original contractors, R.F. Ball Construction. When it did open two years later, the passenger traffic from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport was moved to the Houston Intercontinental. IAH was given its current name in 1997.
IAH airport parking includes more than 25,000 parking spaces. The rates are considered to be some of the lowest in the country. The IAH is part of the so-called Houston Airport System (HAS), which includes the William P. Hobby and Ellington airports. HAS’s Houston airport parking system operates the Parking Cents facilities, which are economy parking lots located near the airport terminals. There is a free shuttle service that takes passengers from the Parking Cents lots to the terminals and back.