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Houston Airport Breaks Ground on New United Airlines Concourse

Airlines & Airports | United Airlines | Donald Wood | May 12, 2015

Houston Airport Breaks Ground on New United Airlines Concourse

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas is undergoing a major upgrade as United Airlines broke ground Monday on a new Terminal C North concourse.

According to Nakia Cooper of, United teamed with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Airport System to plan out a strategy for the 265,000-square-foot construction project. The new concourse will cost an estimated $244 million.

Construction on Terminal C North is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Not only will floor-to-ceiling windows be added to the plan in order to offer customers a better view of the expansive tarmac, but passengers will also have access to new gate-lounge areas. Another huge addition to the concourse will be 20 dining and retail options for people waiting for their flights.

Mayor Parker told about the teamwork between the city and the airline as the construction projects begins, “The partnership that exists between the City of Houston and United Airlines continues to grow stronger in a variety of important ways. United continues to connect Houston on a global level through the launching of new nonstop flights and they continue to partner with the city’s airport system on vital infrastructure projects, which dramatically improve the overall travel experience for millions of people.”

While there is no doubt the new facility will provide the necessary technological upgrades for passengers to enjoy their journey, there have been questions about what will happen to the old building.

The Houston Airport System will reportedly demolish the existing building, according to Cooper, in order to make way for the reconstruction of the Mickey Leland International Terminal D, key for international travel to the airport.

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