More than 700 reasons to be excited about the new international terminal at Bush Airport

The largest capital improvement project in the history of Houston Airports includes expanding Terminal C’s garage parking.

July 20, 2023

Change is coming to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Houston Airports is in the middle of the largest capital improvement program in the history of the airport system. The result will be a new, magnificent and modern international terminal.  

The state-of-the-art facility will usher the city of Houston into the future of commercial air travel while building upon Houston’s reputation as a gateway city. The entire program, which is comprised of multiple projects, is slated for completion in late 2024, well before Houston hosts the 2026 FIFA World Cup.  

The growth of Bush Airport doesn’t just expand Houston’s reach around the world, it connects Houstonians to their friends and family. According to the Greater Houston Partnership, one in four of the region’s 7 million residents is foreign-born.  

“Houston is a global city and an attractive market with award-winning airports,” said Jim Szczesniak, Chief Operating Officer for Houston Airports. “Expanding Bush Airport’s capacity and air service will benefit Houston’s economy, create opportunity for more jobs and continue to support the city as a premier tourist destination.”  

Houston Airports is addressing growth from the inside out. Construction teams are hard at work adding two new levels to the existing terminal C parking garage, for a total of 8 levels. This will allow for more than 700 additional parking spaces in the Terminal C garage by the summer of 2024. Airport guests can also access the Terminal A/B garage.  

From May 2022 to April 2023, more than 2.2 million vehicles accessed the parking garages at Bush Airport. The addition of more than 700 spaces will create more opportunities for more passengers to park a short walk from the international terminal.  



As construction continues, garage parking is limited. Houston Airports recommends airport guests reserve and guarantee their parking spot online. Once ITRP is completed in late 2024 roadway capacity to and from the international terminal will increase by 30%. The finished product will not only reflect the best of Houston, but it will also be a case study in efficiency from curb to gate. 

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Additional parking will support the new international terminal, which will feature 10 additional gates for narrow-body aircraft capable of accommodating 6 wide-body aircraft simultaneously. A dedicated international terminal allows Houston Airports to support flight operations for more than 15 foreign flag carriers and United Airlines. 

The existing Terminal D continues to be refurbished. Beginning this month, new furniture is begin installed at the existing gates. Earlier this year new flooring was installed throughout the space.  

“Soon international travelers will be able to relax in modern lounges or explore new diverse dining and shopping options that will include offerings that are uniquely Houston,” said Khalid Radwan, Executive Program Manager for the IAH Terminal Redevelopment Program. “Once the refurbishment of the existing Terminal D is complete, the upgraded space will feature murals, artwork and live musical performances that will create a comfortable, positive and world-class experience for all passengers.” 

Not only is Houston Airports elevating the travel experience, but the airport system is creating opportunities for operational growth airlines. The “Change is Coming” campaign helps to build excitement for the new international terminal, while also thanking guests for traveling with us during construction in a live operational environment.  

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