Houston Intercontinental is now United's No. 1 hub

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  1. tom911
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    http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/...rcontinental-united-hub/172157/1?csp=34travel
     
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    And the price dominance continues...
     
  3. Having spent a bit of time at IAH and having ORD as my home airport, all I can imagine is that CO must run a hell-of-a-lot of low passenger CO Express flights out of IAH.

    IAH was seldom busy the times I was there and, of course, terminal 1 at ORD is a zoo, 24/7.

    What am i missing ? 630 flights/day ?? Where are they ???
     
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    This thread's message = :D
     
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    Gates are spread over a much larger area than ORD. And I've been in the B concourse in ORD when it was rather quiet. It's all relative. :)
     
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    Have you ever been in Terminal C during the afternoon bank? It's a nut house.
     
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    IAH is always busy, but the corridors and gate areas are large enough to handle the load, unlike ORD.
     
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    If ORD C is a nuthouse, what does that make F?
     
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    I think The Supreme Court has ruled on that, calling it cruel and unusual punishment.
     
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    You know I really like IAH for the most part. It has its quarks for sure, but it works fairly well for an airport its size. YMMV
     
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    I thought that the health department was going to close it but received a cash settlement to change the decision ;)
     
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    I should have clarified, IAH Terminal C.

    C north used to have very few flights, now it is regularly busy, so there's definitely been an uptick.
     
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    IINM, EWR also has more mainline departures than ORD.
     
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    Is IAH C the one that looks like a Tomorrowland exhibit from like 1973?
     
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    They sure do.
     
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    No, I believe you're referring to terminal B, which is slated for renovation.
     
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    I'm willing to bet the number is similiar to ORD. Maybe a little higher.
     
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    To me IAH and ORD are similar in having the option of flying in/out with Southwest from HOU/MDW in order to avoid having to take a cramped RJ fligth for upwards of 2 hours (or even more now) after an international flight.
     
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    Only flown through IAH once, but remember thinking it was incredibly busy. I remember looking out the window and turning onto the runway and starting our takeoff roll before the plane in front of us on our same runway was even off the ground. I remember thinking, "if I'm at an airport with five runways, and they have to launch us while there is still another plane on the runway in front of us, this place must be really, really busy."
     
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    I would not be surprised if a significant fraction include the regional flights out of terminal B (maybe 200 per day at least, but I'm guessing). There seem to be several dozen gates just for regional jets covering just about every destination in the southern half of the US. However, Terminals C and E are also very large and have a sizable number of mainline flights.

    Edit: I just looked at a map and I think terminal B has at least 50 gates (if you count things like 84A, 84B, 84C, 84D, etc. as 4+ gates) spread among 4-5 piers (again, depending on how you define a pier; one of them branches off of another and uses letters at least as far as N as far as I recall).
     
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    I am surprised that IAH is larger than ORD in terms of UA-CO flights.
     
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    Not really surprising when you look at it. ORD UA/CO is competing for takeoff slots with AA's hubbed flights as well, along with the lesser airlines. IAH CO/UA can be almost as big and busy as it wants to.
     
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    That happens at every major US airport every hour of every day just due to volume. Not at all unique to IAH. It happens pretty much for every departure/arrival during even remotely busy times at DCA, and they only operate one runway for both takeoff and landing...
     
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    I think he was referring to IAH Terminal C.
     
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    I think he was referring to IAH Terminal C.
     

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