Airport Alerts

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TRAFFIC ALERT | With 1.3 million passengers expected between May 23 and May 29, Houston Airports urges travelers to arrive to Bush Airport at least 3 hours before their flights.
 
BEGINNING MAY 23 AT 5 A.M. | Houston Airports is urging travelers to arrive to Bush Airport at least 3 hours before their flight this Memorial Day weekend, even for domestic flights. Starting May 23, airlines are adding more than 60 new flights in/out of Bush Airport as part of the 2024 summer flight schedule. Many new flights are set to depart during peak hours:
  • 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Of the 1.3 million Memorial Day holiday travelers expected at Bush and Hobby airports between May 23 and May 29: 
  • More than 1 million will board domestic flights.
  • More than 270,000 will board international flights. 
Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27 are forecasted to be even busier than Thursday, which is why we urge travelers to arrive at Bush Airport at least 3 hours before their flights.
 
IAH Memorial Day Traffic Outlook

TRAFFIC MITIGATION EFFORTS

  • Houston Airports is utilizing overtime for more law enforcement and more airport employees to work the Departures and Arrivals curbs. Remember, curbs are for active loading only! 
  • Construction that would impact traffic is paused for the holiday.
  • Airlines are bringing in additional staff for customer service.
  • TSA will be fully staffed and have additional officers and K9's.
  • Earlier this month, Houston Airports opened more than 600 new spaces in the IAH C/D/E Parking Garage.

CONSTRUCTION AT BUSH AIRPORT 

A new world-class international terminal and a transformation of Terminal B is under construction at IAH. Houston Airports prioritizes the guest experience and is mitigating construction projects to minimize traffic impacts during Spring Break.  

HEADING TO THE AIRPORT? FOLLOW THESE RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Prepare for a TSA screening by following the 3-1-1 rule and reviewing a list of prohibited items.   
  • Monitor TSA wait times in real-time at Hobby Airport and Bush Airport. 
  • Build in extra time to your airport arrival time so you can find parking, check luggage and get your airline ticket, complete the required TSA security screening and comfortably walk to your gate on time.
  • Reserve airport parking online to save money and guarantee a parking spot in a garage or ecopark lot
  • Anticipate high parking volumes in terminal garages and ecopark lots. Give yourself more time to find a parking space, and possibly navigate to another parking location if your first choice is full. 
  • Wait in a free cell phone lot until your passenger is ready at the Arrivals curb with their bags.  
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PLAN AHEAD: Updates to Terminal B Traffic Flow

As part of the Terminal B Transformation program, please note the upcoming temporary operational changes at IAH.

Here's what you need to know:

  • To minimize daytime disruptions, some overnight lane closures are happening on North Terminal Rd. to accommodate construction. Please allow extra time for potential delays.

  • The Arrivals pick-up curb has been relocated to South Terminal Road, and the Departures drop-off curb has been relocated to North Terminal Rd. Signage is in place to ensure smooth navigation to the appropriate curb.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve your travel experience!

MORE DETAILS | IAH Terminal Maps 

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PLAN AHEAD: Construction at Bush Airport may impact traffic and road conditions. Passengers are advised to reserve parking online in advance of arriving at the airport and build more time into their airport arrival.

Ongoing construction for terminal expansion at Bush Airport may impact traffic, mainly during afternoon peak travel times. As we work to minimize the impact on the traveling public, we ask passengers and their families to follow these important recommendations to ease traffic delays, reduce roadway congestion and enhance the passenger airport experience.

  • Arrive Early

  • Reserve Parking

  • Follow Roadway Directional Signage as construction shifts the roadways 

  • Participate in Active Loading Only along Arrivals and Departures Curbs

  • Utilize Cell Phone Lots that serve as passenger waiting areas

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PLAN AHEAD: Construction is underway at Terminal E.

Here's what you need to know:

  • The Terminal E TSA Security checkpoint is closed. 
  • The Terminal D Garage is permanently closed. 
  • Terminal E departing passengers must now check-in and go through TSA security at either Terminals B, C or D. United Airlines will provide passengers with the appropriate terminal check-in location and further instructions.
  • Parking, Rental Car and Hotel shuttles will not have access to Terminal E. Passengers will need to go to Terminal D, C, B or A, to access shuttle services.