George Bush Intercontinental Airport is an international airport in Houston, Texas, United States, under class B airspace, serving the Greater Houston metropolitan area, the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Located about 23mi north of Downtown Houston, between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 with direct access to the Hardy Toll Road expressway, George Bush Intercontinental Airport has scheduled flights to a large number of domestic and international destinations. The airport is named after George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.In 2015, the airport served 43,023,224 passengers, making it the second busiest airport in the State of Texas (behind Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport) and the tenth busiest for total passengers in North America. In 2006, the airport was named the fastest-growing of the top ten airports into the United States by the United States Department of Transportation.Houston Intercontinental is the second largest passenger hub for United Airlines, only behind O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. IAH was the premier domestic and international hub for Continental Airlines prior to its merger with United Airlines.
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