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Old November 26th, 2005, 07:32 AM   #1
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HNL/OGG/KOA/LIH/ITO | Hawaiian Airports and Aviation

Honolulu airport in need of Aloha makeover
25 November 2005

HONOLULU (AP) - The state plans to spend millions in airport improvements after learning that Japanese visitors are unhappy with long waits, poor service and a lack of food choices and shopping options at Honolulu International Airport.

A $5 million security checkpoint will be built, retail and food options will expand and a master plan will impact all island airports to make sure tourists feel welcome when they arrive and leave, officials said.

An estimated 50,000 people pass through Hawaii airports every day. Last year, Japanese tourists made up about 21 percent of the nearly 7 million visitors who came to the islands.

However, only 17 percent of Japanese visitors said they were "very satisfied" with airport services, according to statistics compiled annually by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. In contrast, more than 55 percent of West Coast visitors reported being "very satisfied."

"We had to wait almost two hours before we could get out of the airport," said Chinata Yamataka, a three-time visitor from Tokyo who arrived in Honolulu last Saturday. "It was very frustrating."

Yamataka said that the entire planeload of passengers was held at the arrival gate for 20 minutes to avoid congestion in the customs area.

International passengers arriving at Honolulu International Airport face an average 40-minute wait to clear customs, according to the federal Government Accounting Office. New rules that took effect last year now require all foreigners, including Japanese visitors, to be fingerprinted and photographed before leaving the airport.

Because of maintenance problems, the Honolulu airport recently took its fleet of popular electric shuttle buses out of service and replaced them with older, non-air-conditioned diesel buses.

Because of ongoing security concerns, residents can't meet arriving or departing passengers at the gates and concession areas. And attractions inside secured areas, such as the Pacific Aerospace Museum and an Asian and Hawaiian cultural garden, go largely unvisited.

Complaints from airport users prompted the state's Transportation Department to spend more than $30 million this year on signs inside and out of terminals, more shopping areas and better air conditioning in the main Honolulu terminal, which has remained untouched since the mid-1970s.

A group of government officials, airline leaders and other airport users is now putting the finishing touches on a redevelopment plan for all airports, said Marsha Wienert, the state's tourism liaison.

The Economic Momentum Commission is getting feedback from the public on how to improve the airport experience, said Stan Brown, Marriott Hotels' international vice president for Pacific islands and Japan.

Similar projects planned in the past 15 years have been scrapped by economic problems, including the first Gulf War and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But officials say there had been some improvements during that time.

New protective canopies were recently added near terminal entrances, a new security checkpoint opened to relieve long lines for departing passengers and a shopping area near the international departure gates was renovated.

On a recent weekday morning, a trio of musicians played Hawaiian and Christmas songs outside the new food court, which includes Burger King, Chowmein Express, Lappert's Ice Cream and Pizza Hut.

"It's not like the old days," said Peter Fithian, president of Hawaii Greeters, an airport flower and gift company that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to the state. "But the aloha spirit isn't gone altogether."
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Old November 26th, 2005, 08:48 AM   #2
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Japan's been complaining about HNL? Perhaps us Americans should rip NRT a new arse!

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Old November 28th, 2005, 12:14 PM   #3
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^I was about to say the same.

At least KIX and NGO are nice... especially NGO.
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Old January 4th, 2006, 07:57 PM   #4
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nice, these are good news.
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Old January 4th, 2006, 08:52 PM   #5
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why ? waht wrong with HNL
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Old January 4th, 2006, 09:54 PM   #6
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Honolulu Int'l has that very nice outdoor garden near Gates 14-23, and the outdoor walkway inside the concourse is a nice touch, but the airport overall is lacking in amenities and the low ceiling heights in the arrivals area and baggage claim are much to be desired.

A new passenger terminal to replace the current one is needed.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 10:17 AM   #7
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I wonder no one complains about Los Angeles International. It's old, small, dirty, noisy, and congested.

I don't think I am the only one complaining.
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Old March 25th, 2006, 08:49 AM   #8
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Hawaii Plans Airport Infrastructure Improvements

Lingle presents $2.3 billion plan for world class island airports
By TARA GODVIN
24 March 2006

HONOLULU (AP) - The state plans to spend $2.3 billion to push island airports to world class standards over the next 12 years, with projects ranging from a new 1,000-car parking garage in Honolulu to roof repairs at the terminal at Lihue.

Comparing the state's airports to "little cities that serve not just passengers, but businesses, employees and our entire visitor industry," Gov. Linda Lingle unveiled the ambitious plans Friday for state legislators.

The world has been beating a path to Hawaii's door. But studies show that fewer travelers are happy with their experience at Hawaii's aging airports. Gates at Honolulu, for example, date back 30 years.

A Transportation Department assessment says the increase of wide-body jets flying directly from foreign cities to small island airports and the clutter of security machinery jammed into airport lobbies are among factors that require major renovations at state airports.

The stated goal of the plan is to "create a world class airport transportation system that meets the needs of our residents and visitors today and into the future."

Lingle proposed ways to pay for airport modernization, security improvements and repairs that she said would not use up any of the state's surplus but likely would lead to increased fees for passengers and airlines.

Funding would come from $415 million in airport special funds, $1.5 million in revenue bonds, Federal Aviation Administration grants of about $30 million per year, and passenger facility charges of about $35 million per year. Fees, currently $3 per passenger, would increase to $4.50 in 2008.

Lingle said the plan is a balance of the need to keep fares low and provide passengers with the services of modern, safe airports.

"We're confident that people when they see the improvements to the airports will recognize that they do have to be paid for," she said.

International traffic at state airports has shot up dramatically in recent years, including a 160 percent increase at Lihue, 73 percent at Kona and 59 percent at Kahului compared to 2000, said Marsha Wienert, state tourism liaison.

But at the same time, "visitor satisfaction data shows that the airport satisfaction level has consistently worsened through the years," Wienert said.

None of the state's airports was designed with the present complex baggage and passenger screening procedures in mind.

One security improvement planned would move baggage screening out of the ticket lobby in Honolulu.

Other major projects, in addition to the new parking garage at the interisland terminal, include a new international arrivals corridor in Honolulu, an expanded ticket lobby at Kahului, new gates for wide-body airliners at Kona, and replacement of traffic-worn jet bridges at Hilo.

Honolulu would receive the biggest share of funds, about $1.9 billion. Kahului would get $132 million, Kona $68 million, Hilo $47 million, Lihue $43 million and other smaller airports around the islands $61 million.

House Transportation Committee Chairman Joe Souki, D-Waihee-Wailuku, said the plan looks good, but the only question is the capability of the state to pay for it all.

Souki said the $1.5 billion in borrowing would mean debt payments ranging from $80 million to $100 million per year.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 07:40 AM   #9
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HNL | Honolulu International Airport



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Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL, ICAO: PHNL, FAA LID: HNL) is the principal aviation gateway of the City & County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii and is identified as one of the busiest airports in the United States, with traffic now exceeding 21 million passengers a year and rising.

Honolulu International Airport serves as the principal hub of Hawaiian Airlines, the largest Hawaii-based airline. Hawaiian offers flights between the various airports of the Hawaiian Islands and also serve the continental United States, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea. It is host to major United States and international airlines, with direct flights to American, Asian, and Pacific Rim destinations. Aside from being the main hub for Hawaiian Airlines, other US Airlines serving this airport include Go!, Island Air, Pacific Wings, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United/Continental, and US Airways.

The airport has four major runways, which it shares with the adjacent Hickam Air Force Base. The principal runway designated 8R/26L, also known as the Reef Runway, was the world's first major runway constructed entirely offshore. Completed in 1977, the Reef Runway is a designated alternate landing site for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space shuttle program in association with Hickam Air Force Base, which shares Honolulu International Airport's airfield operations.

In addition to the four paved runways, Honolulu International Airport has two designated offshore runways designated 8W/26W and 4W/22W for use by seaplanes.

The entire terminal complex features twenty-four hour medical services, restaurants, shopping centers and a business center with conference rooms for private use. Passengers have the option of using various short-term and long-term parking structures on the grounds of Honolulu International Airport.

For the 12-month period ending December 8, 2006, the airport had 323,726 aircraft operations, an average of 886 per day: 55% scheduled commercial, 26% general aviation, 15% air taxi and 5% military. There are 206 aircraft based at this airport: 48% single-engine, 27% multi-engine, 16% military, 6% helicopter and 3% jet.

All Nippon Airways has its Honolulu Office in Airport Building 47.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honolul...tional_Airport







Cities with direct international passenger airlinks with Honolulu International Airport.

Foreign Airlines serving Honolulu International Airport (HNL) as of 2013:



























International Destinations served directly from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) as of 2013:


Tokyo-Haneda
Osaka-Kansai
Fukuoka
Sapporo
Sendai
Seoul-Incheon
Beijing-Capital
Pago Pago
Papeete
Sydney
Brisbane
Auckland



Tokyo-Narita
Osaka-Kansai
Nagoya-Centrair
Fukuoka



Tokyo-Narita
Chuuk
Kosrae
Kwajalein
Majuro
Pohnpei

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Old September 23rd, 2011, 07:46 AM   #10
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 08:18 AM   #13
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Very outdoorsy airport.

Doesnt it rain in Hawaii?
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 11:03 AM   #14
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Very outdoorsy airport.

Doesnt it rain in Hawaii?
It does but the airport is located on the leeward side of Oahu, so it tends to be drier climate wise compared with the North Shore. Anyways all of the walkways in the airport are covered to shield passengers from the elements.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 11:13 AM   #15
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A quick overview of construction taking place at HNL




The new terminal expansions (red) on depicted as part of the $2.3 billion modernization Hawaii Airports Modernization program.

Some recent changes to the airport include renovating the check-in lobby of the inter-island terminal, and adding a moving walkway to the international arrivals corridor.

Future near-term projects include construction of a Mauka Concourse branching off the Interisland Terminal, the first concourse expansion at HNL in 15 years. Construction of the concourse will involve replacing the existing Commuter Terminal. Other construction projects taking place at Honolulu International Airport include constructing a new employee parking facility, constructing new concourses with additional gates, new maintenance and cargo facilities, widening and resurfacing taxiways for operational efficiency and increased capacity, and constructing a consolidated car rental facility.


Hawaii Airports Modernization Program

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Some renderings of the Mauka concourse.





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Old September 23rd, 2011, 08:06 PM   #18
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The new terminal expansions (red) on depicted as part of the $2.3 billion modernization Hawaii Airports Modernization program.

Some recent changes to the airport include renovating the check-in lobby of the inter-island terminal, and adding a moving walkway to the international arrivals corridor.

Future near-term projects include construction of a Mauka Concourse branching off the Interisland Terminal, the first concourse expansion at HNL in 15 years. Construction of the concourse will involve replacing the existing Commuter Terminal. Other construction projects taking place at Honolulu International Airport include constructing a new employee parking facility, constructing new concourses with additional gates, new maintenance and cargo facilities, widening and resurfacing taxiways for operational efficiency and increased capacity, and constructing a consolidated car rental facility.


Hawaii Airports Modernization Program
When will this be realized..???????
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When will this be realized..???????
I am guessing this would be completed perhaps in the next decade.
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