Continental Airlines has opened the final phase of the new 23-gate
“Terminal E” at its largest and busiest hub, Bush Intercontinental Airport
in Houston. The facility, which will eventually host all of Continental`s
international service from Houston, features a spacious, modern design and
conveniences for travelers, and gives Continental a platform for growing
domestic and international service. With the full operation of Terminal E,
Continental now has access to 100 gates at Bush Intercontinental Airport
for its schedule of 538 daily departures.
“With Terminal E, Continental has made another three hundred million
dollar investment in Houston`s future,” said Gordon Bethune, Continental`s
chairman and chief executive officer. “No other airline has invested as
much capital and as many resources to fuel this region`s growth. We`re
committed to shaping Houston into the best point of entry to the United
States, and Terminal E further solidifies that position.”
Included in the final phase of the project is the grand opening of 10 new
retail and food concessions, and the world`s largest Presidents Club, a
three- floor, 26,000-square-foot lounge featuring expansive views of
airport operations from its floor-to-ceiling windows, free wireless
internet access, 60 carrels for business, and personal showers for
customers arriving from overseas in BusinessFirst.
In June 2003, seven gates on the west concourse went into operation. With
the current opening of the central building and east concourse, Terminal E
offers its full complement of 23 gates. Continental has been responsible
for the construction of Terminal E and will also oversee its operation.
The City of Houston is building an adjoining Federal Inspection Station
(customs and immigrations) expected to open in early 2005 that will allow
Continental to handle all international arrivals at Terminal E. This
facility is in addition to a brand-new, 9,000-foot runway. These
improvements work together to give Bush Intercontinental Airport the
ability to handle more traffic without bottlenecks for airplanes or
Travelers using Terminal E will first notice the feeling of spaciousness
throughout the u-shaped facility. Soaring ceilings, wide concourses,
spacious seating areas and huge glass window-walls combine to make the
600,000 square- foot building seem even bigger. Continental adopted
architectural design elements from its recent, highly successful terminal
expansion at Newark Liberty International Airport, which lends consistency
to the travel experience for Continental`s frequent flyers.
Terminal E is state-of-the-art high-tech with flat-screen monitors
displaying flight information, automatically-adjusting volume on p.a.
announcements to compensate for ambient noise, and the latest-generation
eService terminals for self check-in.
Popular artist Peter Max was commissioned to create the large-scale mural
displayed in the building`s interior, and “The Art Guys” of Houston have
installed an 80-screen video ring that captures the attention of the
passersby with modern visual art.
The concessions at Terminal E are a unique part of the experience in the
facility and draw customers to an array of food and retail fare. A strong
lineup of concessions was offered when the facility opened in June 2003,
and that list has grown with the completion of the new areas in the
Eateries now available in the newly opened areas of Terminal E include:
Charley`s Grilled Subs (Hot Sandwiches), Cafe Famiglia, Nestle`s Toll
House/Auntie Anne`s Pretzels, and Wendy`s Hamburgers. The central building
and east concourse also feature a brand-new Drexler`s Barbeque, serving
barbeque from former NBA star Clyde Drexler, and an expansive Fox Sports
Bar and Grill, a full-service sports bar and restaurant. Retail stores
that opened in the second phase include: Alitunes, Borders Bookstore and
Cafe, Travelex (for currency exchange and business services), and Stars of
Houston (clothes, jewelry, food and wine from Texas). These vendors join
those that opened in June 2003: Brookstone, Coco Moka, Famous Famiglia,
Freshens, Hudson News, In Celebration of Golf, Johnston and Murphy,
Landau, Le Petit Bistro, The Little Creamery, Panda Express, Pappadeaux
Seafood Kitchen, Pappasito`s Cantina, Starbucks, SpaceTrader, Sun Shades,
Swatch and Weitnauer Duty Free.
Terminal E is accessible from the parking garage attached to the east side
of Terminal C, and is connected to the South Concourse of Terminal C.
Continental`s Houston operations comprise the fourth largest airline hub
in America based on annual passenger enplanements, and IAH has become a
key connection point for international travel to Europe, Latin America and
Gates and loading bridges are designed to accommodate aircraft large and
small, giving Continental maximum flexibility to handle a 50-seat regional
jet arriving from Mexico or a 283-seat Boeing 777 departing for Tokyo.
A 5,000-square-foot employee cafeteria (“Gordon`s Galley”) has replaced a
smaller facility in Terminal C.
Continental Airlines is the world`s seventh-largest airline with more than
2,200 daily departures to 127 domestic and 96 international destinations
throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. With 42,000 mainline employees,
the airline has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and
carries approximately 41 millionpassengers per year. Fortune ranks
Continental one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America, highest
among major U.S. carriers in the quality of its service and products, and
No. 2 on its list of Most Admired Global Airlines. For more company
information, visit continental.com.