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Based 23 miles north of downtown Houston, the airport today provides the largest U.S.
connection into Mexico and Latin America, with over 31 direct connection points to Mexico
alone. Additionally, IAH is the only U.S. airport to serve all six continents with populations
using direct connections. The other three international airports with similar reach capacity are
located in foreign countries. Traffic-wise, the airport can be reached regionally by two main
highways and two toll roads.
The original creation of IAH was in 1957 when a partnership of Houston business leaders
banded together to push for the creation of a second Houston airport in the region. To make
the idea easier, they made sure development would not occur on the designated land by
purchasing title and deed rights. Under the business name of Jet Era Ranch Corporation,
these businessmen set in motion their
ambition. However, due to a clerk's
error, their business was instead titled
Jetero which also passed on as the
location name as well.
Twelve years later IAH in its first
manifestation opened for business in
1969. Named Houston International
Airport, the airport was force-fed traffic
by a rerouting of all public passenger
travel from the region neighbor, William
P. Hobby Airport. Hobby was not to be
eliminated, however. It still was allowed
to remain useful as regular airport for
public and private use and in the early
1970s it was the genesis site for
Southwest Airlines' beginnings.
Houston was design-wise expected to open for use two years earlier. However, numerous
issues with cost, scheduling, construction, and missed deadlines caused an aggregate delay.
Additionally, litigation between the main contractor and the City of Houston tied things up
International Airport Houston (IAH), otherwise known as George
Bush Intercontinental Airport, serves the lower south central region of
the U.S. as an international plane gateway for travel out of Texas.
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