Both Houston airports will reopen in limited capacity Wednesday afternoon

Empty gates at Hobby Airport are shown Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. The airport has been closed since Hurricane Harvey made landfall. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Empty gates at Hobby Airport are shown Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. The airport has been closed since Hurricane Harvey made landfall. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON, Texas (KXAN) — Both of Houston’s airports will reopen at 4 p.m. Wednesday after being shut down for nearly four days.

In an update Wednesday afternoon, the airports say only limited domestic airline passenger service will resume Wednesday. The plan is to begin a phased return to service, with full service expected by this weekend.

Travelers should still confirm with their airline to see the status of their flight. Only those with a ticket for a confirmed scheduled flight should come to the airports.

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport in north Houston said there has been no flooding at the ecopark lots or the terminal parking garages at this time.

While the airports might be opening, getting there could still be a challenge for many. In terms of road conditions to get to the airports, all lanes of JFK are open near IAH. Around Hobby Airport, Monroe from Springtime Lane to Beltway 8 remains flooded as well as other roads around there.

The Federal Aviation Administration says even when the airports do reopen, passengers should be aware that resuming normal airline operations will take time and airlines may not be operating a full flight schedule immediately.

United Airlines, which has a hub at IAH, said it has canceled its flights until at least noon on Thursday, Aug. 31. 

If you’re flying out of Austin and need to connect at a Houston airport, you’ll need to contact your airline.

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