In 2008 the Airports Council International named Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) the 16th busiest airport in the world, a rank which IAH held the previous year as well. After the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, IAH is the largest airport in the state of Texas. Raking in almost 42 million passengers in '08, it has separate terminals and takes up around 10,000 acres of land. It is located 22 miles from Downtown Huston and is located near the Cypresswood Golf Club.

IAH is also the eighth busiest airport in North America, and out of the top ten airports in the U.S., IAH is the fastest growing airport, according to a survey by the United States Department of Transportation. The airport also boasts its status as the biggest hub for Continental Airlines. The international airline launches 700 departure flights per day on average from IAH.

IAH was named after the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and to this day remains one of the only three airports in the country that were named after a person still living. The other two are the Norman Y. Mineta International Airport in San Jose, CA and the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska.

Though it was originally scheduled to open in 1967, the IAH did not do so until 1969 because of delays caused by changes in the designs of the airport terminals. The delay resulted in cost overruns, which in turn led R.F. Ball Construction (the company originally hired for the building project) to sue the city of Houston. When the airport was finally opened, it was called the Houston Intercontinental Airport. It did not receive its current name until 1997.

IAH is part of the larger Houston Airport System (HAS) which includes the William P. Hobby Airport and the Ellington Airport. IAH airport parking has over 25,000 spaces available to the public and the fees are considered some of the lowest in the country. The Houston airport parking system also includes Parking Cents facilities, which are even more inexpensive parking lots located just a small ways away from the airport terminals. Free shuttles are available for passengers who use the Parking Cents lots.

If you are taking flight out and need a place to keep your vehicle, remember that IAH parking has numerous places to carefully take care of your car while away.