United Airlines previews Terminal C at IAH


Houston’s new Terminal C will offer a more comfortable and luxurious experience for travelers, with new world-class shopping and local cuisine

United Airlines, George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston (IAH) recently previewed its new Terminal C in partnership with airport hospitality group OTG, which revealed a few of its new restaurants in the terminal. At a cost of $277 million, the new terminal is nearly 9,300 square meters larger than the currently operating Terminal C. Floor-to-ceiling concourse windows, comfortable gate lounge areas, world-class retail shops and local dining options will offer a more enjoyable experience for United Airlines customers.

OTG will manage the commercial area of the new Terminal C, and is also offering new culinary additions in Terminal B and E. The restaurants will feature OTG’s signature Flo iPad technology.

“We couldn't be more proud of this partnership with United and the program we've developed for C-North,” said Rick Blatstein, OTG CEO. “In sourcing some of Houston's most celebrated culinary talent, designing fully immersive spaces and implementing leading-edge tech, we've ensured a world-class airport experience, built for the United traveler.” OTG also has many new offerings in Terminal C South, including Magnolia Meatball Shop, Agave, an authentic taqueria by Sharon Haynes and H-Burger, a “ranch-to-table” restaurant by Chef Antoine Ware that will serve local, fresh and natural dishes with a Houston spin.

“Our team at OTG has been working hard for months to bring Houston a reimagined terminal experience at Bush Intercontinental,” said Rick Blatstein, CEO of OTG. “With the announcement of these expanded concepts, we are one step closer to making that a reality for Houston’s travelers.”

When construction is completed, the Houston Airport System will demolish the existing Terminal C North facility at Bush Intercontinental to enable the reconstruction of the Mickey Leland International Terminal D. The international terminal is critical to Bush Intercontinental's extensive connecting air traffic, particularly for those customers connecting between United flights and flights operated by United's international airline partners.

“This new terminal is truly befitting Houston's hometown airline, and just like Houston, we're proud to call this gorgeous new space home. Everywhere you look in Terminal C — from the food choices to the modern designs to the relaxed surroundings — you'll notice the attention to detail and the innovative thinking that went into creating this facility,” said United president Scott Kirby during the preview.

United has served Houston for more than 70 years. From its hub at Bush Airport, United and United Express offer nearly 500 daily flights to more than 170 destinations around the world, including top business and leisure markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Houston hub is United's premier gateway to Latin America, serving 52 nonstop destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean. United is also one of Houston's largest employers, with more than 14,000 Houston-based employees.