Director: Houston's airport future looks bright

HOUSTON The carriers announced the merger on Monday, May 3, with plans to retain the United brand and to locate the company headquarters in Chicago.

But Mario Diaz, the newly confirmed airport director tells Eyewitness News in his first interview on the subject, that he believes Continental's relationship with Houston will remain intact and that expansion is a strong possibility. He cites a growing Houston population, a good business environment, and a convenient gateway to Latin America as reasons to be optimistic.

Diaz also says that the relatively new Terminal E at Bush IAH will stay full with Continental flights. The airline used the city to issue $323 million in bonds in 2001 to build the terminal, and is responsible for repaying the debt through lease payments. The city is not financially liable for the bonds.

We'll have more on this story on Eyewitness News at 6pm.

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