United Airlines willing to pay USD686m to expand Terminal B at George Bush Airport
United Airlines is willing to pay USD686 million to expand and renovate George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal B and gain control over its operations, as discussed in a city council meeting (Houston Chronicle, 03-Aug-2011). The city’s share of the project will be USD288 million, which is being raised through a USD3 per passenger charge, implemented in Nov-2009. As part of the handover of maintenance and janitorial functions at Terminal B, 18 city employees would have to reapply for their present positions. The city would also get a 10% cut of United’s food and merchandise take. The city council is likely to delay a vote on the contract to enable members to sort through the agreement.