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Houston Airport Systems


  • Houston Airport Systems (HAS) operates 3 airports: Houston International (Bush) Airport (IAH); Houston Hobby Airport; Ellington Field.
  • Airport land owned by City of Houston. Surplus land found at IAH and Ellington.
  • Ellington Field is primarily non-cargo, non-commercial airport.
  • IAH in Top 5 Busiest airports in U.S.; major cargo airport to Latin America.
  • HAS identifies 425 acres of potentially developable land at Ellington Field, another 2,000 acres at IAH.


  • HAS implements plan to activate usage of surplus land; 425 acres identified at Ellington. Possible 1,200 to follow at IAH.
  • HAS releases first-ever RFP to solicit real estate advisory and marketing services from public providers.
  • HAS commissions site utilization study.
  • HAS authorizes developer and user attraction efforts to encouraged uses complementary to airport general plan.


  • Houston team led by John Carver awarded contract subject to approval by City Council.
  • Advisory team approved by City Council.
  • Partnership Agreement entered into.
  • Initial site utilization study Consultancy services now underway at Ellington Field
  • Attraction efforts begun to solicit developer, user and private capital attraction.

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