About the Project

The Houston Airport System (HAS), the Sponsor of the project, completed a Master Plan for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in 2006.  The Master Plan showed that additional airfield capacity was needed and recommended airport improvements to meet these capacity needs. These improvements included new runways and taxiways as well as associated land acquisition. In 2008, the FAA began preparing an EIS for these proposed improvements at the IAH under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended.

In August of 2010, the HAS asked the FAA to delay the preparation of the EIS because the proposed airport improvements being evaluated in the EIS may no longer meet the needs of the Airport.  After the completion of the 2006 Master Plan, there were significant changes in the aviation industry and at IAH. Thus the recommended improvements in the Master Plan may no longer be relevant.  Consequently the FAA suspended the preparation of the EIS for proposed airport improvements at IAH and issued a notice in the Federal Register to advise federal, state, and local government agencies and the public of the suspension.  Please see the Current Status page for more information.