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We are pleased to report that Harvey has weakened and is now north and east of IAH, and we are expecting mostly dry conditions at the airport for the next two days. This allowed us to reopen with limited operations earlier than planned, at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday, Aug. 30. We plan three arrivals, from EWR, ORD and SFO, and three departures, to DEN, EWR and ORD, Wednesday evening. We will then operate a gradually larger schedule on Thursday, starting with hub-to-hub flights.


For now, all mainline flights will operate in and out of Terminal E so that activity can be concentrated in one area. To assist with the recovery, we are asking that only ticketed customers go to the airport.


We plan to resume limited international service and begin flying a partial United Express schedule on Friday, Sept. 1. We will begin with approximately 50 United Express roundtrips on Friday and then increase each day.


The city has extended the closure of IAH through noon on Thursday, Aug. 31. United plans to cancel all revenue flights to and from IAH through noon Thursday, with a gradual planned resumption after that.


We have also launched two humanitarian missions to IAH; a Boeing 777-300 departed ORD at 11:00 a.m. and another that departed after 3:00 p.m. Both relief flights were loaded with bottled water, shelf-stable food, amenity kits, blankets and pillows. Two relief flights were also operated on Sunday; one from IAD and another from ORD.


Several factors will affect our ability to resume operations, including the ability of our crews and customers to get to and from the airport.