Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), at more than 10,000 acres, is easily one of the wealthiest landowners of any airport in North America. With Air New Zealand initiating flights this month to Auckland, it is also one of the very few airports in the world to offer non-stop service to every continent (we’re being generous by considering Oceania as the continent instead of just Australia). Enhanced by recent renovations, it’s an efficient, reliable and comfortable connection point. Here’s the inside scoop:
Getting Around: There are five terminals, A through E. Terminals B, C and E are used exclusively by United Airlines; all other domestic airlines operate from Terminal A while international airlines use Terminal D. Terminals C, D and E are all connected and walkable while inter-terminal trains operated both inside and outside of security to connect all terminals. The trains were recently renamed – the Skyway operates behind security and the Subway operates before security, including a stop at the Marriott Hotel which is located between Terminals B and C.
Relaxing: High ceilings, wide hallways, and huge windows give IAH’s terminals C, D and E an airy, relaxed feel, with plentiful seating with views of aircraft movements. In October, the IAH initiated a unique program in which they will have live music performances in the airport terminals. Called “Harmony in the Air”, passengers will be treated to classical, smooth jazz and international music. Initially located in Terminal A, this may be featured in additional locations in the future.
Dining: The dining options in IAH are diverse, plentiful and well dispersed throughout the airport. Most IAH veterans agree that your best choice is Pappadeaux’s, located in Terminal E near gate E3. The theme is Louisiana-style cooking, which means seafood dominates the menu.
Recommended: the Maryland lump crab cakes, served on a bed of spinach with a crawfish-butter sauce, and the blackened catfish Opelousas with dirty rice.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is fast and reliable, and available throughout the terminal.
Official website: http://fly2houston.com/iah
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