Once construction began on the new Mickey Leland International Terminal at George Bush Intercontinental Airport-IAH, new roadway signs and detours caused motorists to slow their approach to the nation’s number one Skytrax-rated airport.
Recently, North Terminal Road, the focal point of a significant amount of construction, opened several additional lanes since construction began. Contractor crews are working diligently to open additional lanes as soon as possible.
A large-scale communications campaign has also been underway to inform passengers and the community of the roadway construction and potential delays. The campaign includes useful tips for passengers to use when planning their arrival or departure to and from Bush Airport.
The following tips are recommended to help ease the stress of travel during these busy times:
- Be informed. Use the websites and other media to stay informed of the activities at IAH, including local newscasts and traffic reports via television and radio. If you’re a seasoned traveler, your old routes may not exist anymore.
- Book parking online to guarantee a spot and save. With the Terminal D/E garage gone and the travel rebound in full swing, the best way to guarantee a terminal garage or ecopark parking spot is to book online. Go online to fly2houston.com/IAH/parking. You will receive some extra savings for Terminal Garage Parking by booking online rather than paying at the gate. (Two nearby ecopark lots also provide convenient and affordable parking options, and both include a direct shuttle to Terminal C, where Terminals C and E departure traffic will check in as of Aug. 2, 2021.)
- Slow down and read the signs. The most asked questions about where to park are shown on the signage.
- Don’t crowd the curbs, use cell phone lots. Most, if not all, of the delays are due to passengers waiting curbside for arriving passengers. All terminal curbsides are considered "Active Loading or Unloading Zones." Houston Police officers and Houston Airports Operations-Landside staff are stationed in these areas to keep cars moving. It is imperative that vehicles do not park in these zones to maintain flow through the airport.
IAH has two cell phone lots:
Will Clayton Parkway cellphone lot is located at 5703 Will Clayton Pkwy.
John F. Kennedy Boulevard cellphone lot is located at 17010 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
- Pay attention to the police officers and HAS staff directing traffic. They are there for everyone's safety. Officers will try to be as helpful as possible, but please refrain from asking them for directions. This will hold-up traffic.
- Don't park inside or between the construction barricades to wait for passengers. That blocks the through lanes resulting in traffic congestion. Park and wait at the cellphone lots, which are less congested and always free.Don’t park along the airport roadways with your flashers on. This is dangerous and often attracts other vehicles to do the same thing. Again, the cellphone lots are the perfect choice.
- When dropping off passengers at Terminal D, drive further down the terminal before trying to pull in. There is usually more curb space further down (west). People typically try to pull in at the very east end of the terminal and block traffic, further backing up the roadways and causing impacts to other Terminals.
Once complete, the new international terminal will feature a modernized ticketing and arrivals hall. It will also fully support post-pandemic growth in international traffic at the airport, address capacity constraints in the central terminal area, and improve baggage handling system capacity and reliability challenges. Additional international gates will accommodate continued airline growth.