George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston will be closed to commercial flights until at least noon on Thursday, following “catastrophic” flooding in the US state of Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The airport’s website currently states that the facility is “closed until further notice”, but the Twitter feed of United Airlines – which has a hub at the airport – goes further, stating that:

“@IAH is now closed until noon on Thursday. Visit  for status and rebooking.”

British Airways has updated its travel information page with the following advice:

“As a result of the severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston is currently closed to commercial flights.

“We have cancelled our services to and from Houston up to and including Wednesday August 30 and are keeping other services this week under review, pending the latest information from the airport authorities and the emergency services dealing with the flooding.”


The carrier also said that “Given the uncertainty caused by the bad weather, if you are due to travel to or from Houston, Austin or New Orleans with British Airways up to and including Thursday September 7, even if your flight is still shown as operating, you can delay your travel up to and including Wednesday September 20.”

Houston’s secondary William P Hobby Airport is also closed until further notice, following a record 30 inches of rain in the city, and with forecasters warning that the total rainfall could double later this week.

Business Traveller will update this page as it receives further information from carriers.