HOUSTON – With the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon Monday, United Airlines showed off its new Terminal B south concourse at Bush Intercontinental airport.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and others were on hand to witness the big announcement. Parker called it a great day.
“This is where I will be picking up my mom, when she visits me,” Parker said.
It is also where United Express Jets will depart with 300 daily flights.
“You know the connecting traffic that flows through the Houston Intercontinental system, really does make this the premier international gateway,” said Jim Compton with United Airlines.
Every other seat in the new terminal has a power source, a necessity for passengers looking to plug in and recharge all those devices.
There will be new food concessions, and perhaps most importantly, the typical walk on the tarmac for express jets will be covered to protect passengers from Houston’s heat and rain.
“Part of the reason Houston is leading the world in the strength of our economy is our global connection to the world,” Parker said.
Fifteen gates will open at the new terminal by May 1 and fifteen more by the end of the year.