Continental Airlines to Head Major Renovation at Bush Airport

Despite rising fuel prices, Continental Airlines announced a major expansion at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The $1.2 billion overhaul of Terminal B is expected to take seven to ten years to complete. Houston Public Radio's Pat Hernandez has the details.

The cost to almost triple the size of Terminal B will be shared jointly by the Houston based carrier and the city's airport system. Continental will finance half the improvements through bonds, along with a new $3 passenger facility fee, a first for Bush Airport. Larry Kellner is Continental's chairman and CEO.

"Ultimately whether it's the city dollars or our dollars, we're very focused on making sure thes projects are delivered efficiently, and we've got a very good track record on the Continental projects being on time and on budget."

Bush airport is the largest of the four hubs for Continental, which is considered an important & valuable connection to Latin America. The overhaul will include outfitting the terminal for international flights. Richard Vacar, director of the Houston Airport System says rising fuel costs will not impede the airport's dramatic growth.

"The best thing that can happen over time is to increase traffic, have the airplanes operate efficiently, and that will, to some extent, address some of the fuel issues."

Work will be done in phases so that partsd of the terminal can be used.

Pat Hernandez, Houston Public Radio News.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...