Terminal C was created in 1981 and in 1990 Terminal D was opened, named the Mickey
Leland International Airlines Building.
In 1990 Continental struck a deal with the City of Houston that worked well for both entities. In
exchange for land that the airline could utilize for its
own plane maintenance, Continental helped finance
the relocation of its hub to Houston, which created a
large boom on jobs and business activity for the
In 1997 the airport was renamed Bush Intercontinental
Airport/Houston in honor of the 41st President, George
Terminal E was created in 2004, expanding additional
gates and plane parking for the facility. The building is
a primary use point for Continental Airlines. All other
international travel had to go through Terminal D since
it housed the main offices of federal customs and
immigration. The federal offices were relocated in
2005 but passenger review still occurs in the D facility.
In 2009 expansion of the airport's rental car zones was put into development. The zone was to
be established as a full service travel center, including food and travel information service as
well as renting cars.
In the same year traffic at IAH measured over 40 million annually, ranking the facility as
number eight on the list of the most used airports in the U.S and number six in total aircraft
Continental Airlines Hub
As a main hub center and company headquarters for Continental, IAH dedicates Terminal E to
the airline. Passengers, both domestic and international, can connect to various Continental
flights without traversing the entire airport. As a southern state port, Continental enjoys better
on-time flight connections through IAH, not having to deal with the cold weather problems
found in northern hubs such as Chicago. The Terminal serves both full size commercial jets as
well as smaller regional jets under Continental's fleet and scheduling. Continental runs 800
daily departures out of IAH, not including all the arrivals being processed as well.
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