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United Airlines Readies New Terminal B South Concourse at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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United Airlines said it expects its first 15 gates at the new Terminal B south concourse at George Bush Intercontinental Airport at Houston, Texas to be fully operational by May 1, 2013, and the airline will add 15 more gates by the end of the year.

The new facility has been open to limited flight operations since April 15 when United Airline officials previewed the concourse to Houston Mayor Annise Parker and other area civic and business leaders.

terminal_b"Bush Intercontinental's extensive connecting traffic makes it a premier international gateway and a key hub in United's network," said Jim Compton, United's vice chairman and chief revenue officer. "We've designed our newest terminal to offer travelers a more customer-friendly airport experience where they can relax in comfort or work with greater ease."

The $97-million south concourse is a new 225,000-square-foot facility dedicated to United Express regional flights.

At nearly four times the size of the previous south concourse, the new space will provide a better customer experience, featuring modern and expanded gate-lounge areas, 17 food and beverage and retail concessions and a spacious central passenger lounge with expansive tarmac views.

The new terminal has 15,000 square feet of food and beverage and retail concessions, a 500-percent increase in the concession space over the previous facility. The 17 concessions include two new celebrity-chef venues with local and regional ties, and other first-time dining concessions with Texas roots, as well as several familiar airport favorites.

Terminal B will be the primary facility in Houston for United Express flights operated by regional partners ExpressJet, SkyWest, Trans States and Shuttle America. Together, they operate more than 300 daily flights from Bush Intercontinental Airport to business and leisure destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The carriers operate aircraft ranging in size from 37-seat Embraer 135s, to 50-seat Embraer 145s and CRJ-200s, to 66-seat CRJ-700s and 70-seat Embraer 170s. The new terminal will accommodate regional aircraft with up to 76 seats.

"I am proud that the City of Houston and United have continued the decades-long partnership that began with Continental," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "This modern and spacious new terminal is a significant investment in the future of George Bush Intercontinental as a major international hub."

New concessions along with familiar favorites will be on hand for travelers.

Chef Bryan Caswell's 3rd Bar Oyster & Eating House and The Fruteria, by Chef Johnny Hernandez, lead the list of dining options, which also includes Texas icon Whataburger; Bullrito's, offering fresh Tex-Mex; and Barcuterie, which will offer cured meats and classic cheeses in an energetic bar setting.

Familiar favorites such as Famous Famiglia, Fresh Gourmet Marketplace, Panda Express and Starbucks round out the Terminal B south concourse food and beverage options.

Travelers in the Terminal B south concourse will also have a variety of shopping options, including The iStore Boutique, travel essentials store, Relay, Brookstone and The Body Shop. Other well-known retail stores include Ice Currency Exchange, Johnston & Murphy, Natalie's Candy Jar and Nuance Duty Free.

 
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