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Ground-breaking Ceremony for new Air Traffic Control Nerve Center at George Bush Intercontinental Airport


The Houston Airport System (HAS) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 10:30a.m. for the new Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility to be built at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The 47,500 square-foot structure will house state-of-the-art equipment and an enhanced design to accommodate the hundreds of air traffic controllers, managers and technical support personnel who work in the facility. The TRACON team is responsible for managing air traffic over roughly 16,000 square miles of airspace stretching from the Texas-Louisiana border to approximately 35 miles east of Austin and from Galveston to 30 miles north of College Station. Media representatives wishing to attend the ceremony should call the HAS media hotline for clearance, at 281-233-1234.

WHO:
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Congressman John Culberson, Houston Airport System and Federal Aviation Administration representatives, Dignitaries and Officials.

WHAT:
Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Terminal Radar Approach Control facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

WHEN:
Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:30a.m.

WHERE:
George Bush Intercontinental Airport Administration Building
16930 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Houston, Texas 77032

WHY:
In Fiscal Year 2009, controllers at Houston TRACON handled 900,660 individual aircraft operations and the number of flight operations in the Houston region is expected to increase in 2010. The new TRACON facility will house next generation computer and electronic equipment that will allow air traffic controllers and manager’s greater flexibility and precision, while providing passengers the security of traveling under one of the most modern systems in the aviation industry.

The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million passengers in 2008, ranking as the 4th largest multi-airport system in the U.S. and the 6th largest airport system in the world. Houston’s three airports contribute more than $24 billion to the regional economy and are responsible for the employment of 151,000 people. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, is the 8th busiest airport in the nation. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) together have served the Texas Gulf Coast region for more than 150 years. For more information, visit fly2houston.com.

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