HOUSTON -- George Bush Intercontinental Airport is turning 45 in June, and you’re invited to help celebrate this important milestone.
The airport is holding a family celebration on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Airlines Hangar. Free parking is available at 5050 Wright Road and shuttles will leave every five minutes.
Houston Intercontinental Airport, as it was originally known, first opened its doors in June 1969. It was later renamed after the 41st president of the United States, George H. W. Bush and is now the 11th busiest airport in the nation.
Bush IAH sits on more than 11,000 acres and is a premiere global gateway connecting passengers with nonstop flights to 122 cities in the U.S. and nearly 70 international destinations.
The airport offers service to more Mexican destinations than any other U.S. Airport.
In 2009, IAH supported 17,107 jobs representing $6.833 billion in personal income, and $22.451 billion in output for the Houston regional economy.
Airport officials recently announced plans for a new Terminal D facility to meet the growing demand for international air service from Houston. The plan is still in its early phase, but airport officials hope to begin construction in early 2017 with completion over the course of five years.