United Continental hub George Bush Intercontinental airport will commence works on the first phase of a US$1 billion redevelopment project before the end of this year.
Home to Continental Airlines, one half of the merged United Continental Holdings, the airport will see a new US$161 million south concourse added at Terminal B, dedicated to domestic regional jet operations.
The 225,000 square foot facility is expected to be completed in late 2013, and will accommodate United’s fleet of regional aircraft.
Features will include a “spacious passenger lounges with ample concession choices, restroom facilities and expansive tarmac views”, a “high-efficiency boarding process that will allow for up to 30 flights to depart through three main boarding zones”, and a “flexible gate layout that will accommodate aircraft today and in the future”.
Future phases of the redevelopment project will take place over the next seven to ten years, and will include a new international-capable north concourse for mainline and regional jet flights, and redevelopment of the central Terminal B lobby and baggage claim areas.
Report by Mark Caswell