Coalition Wants to Halt Texas Airport Expansion Until Noise Issues Can be Resolved

The Houston Airport System is nearing completion on a Bush Intercontinental Airport Master plan, which details airport expansion plans through 2025.

That environmental study would include a study of noise issues, and effects on surrounding neighborhoods and developments. Public comment and involvement, and public meetings, will be part of the process, McLemore said.

McLemore gave northwest Harris County chamber of commerce and business leaders a glimpse of the master plan at a meeting last week.

Major projects include: improvements and additions to the existing taxiway system to reduce congestion on the five existing runways (in the next five years); construction of a sixth runway south of the airport near Greens Road (in the next 10 years); construction of a seventh runway north of the airport in between the two existing runways south of FM 1960 (in the next 20 years); and construction of a new centralized Terminal F, which will replace terminals A, B and C (in the next 20 years). Those three terminals would be demolished, but D and E would remain.

McLemore said these projects, and many other airport improvements, will help accommodate the projected 68 million people who will come through the airport, and 880,000 flights in and out of the airport, each year by 2025. In 2005, about 35 million people, and 530,000 aircraft, used Bush Intercontinental Airport.

"Our goal is to have no more than four minutes average annual delay per aircraft," McLemore said.

Cy-Fair, Tomball and Houston Northwest chamber leaders said they supported the airport and its impact on Houston's economy.

"The airport is a vital part of our economy," said Darcy Mingoia, president of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce. "We want the airport to grow, but we want to be respectful of quality-of-life issues. I am glad a system is in place for residents to address noise issues."



For more information: E-mail Faulkner at To contact the Houston Airport System's noise compliance office, call 281-233-3900 or go to That Web site also has information on the Houston Airport System's Bush Intercontinental master plan.

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