Major improvements are underway at Hawaii’s principal and biggest airport Daniel K Inouye International Airport (formerly Honolulu International Airport (HNL)) to provide world-class facilities and to manage growing passenger traffic.

The modernisation is part of the $2.7bn state-wide Hawaii Airports modernisation programme.

Daniel K Inouye International Airport Modernisation started with the ground-breaking ceremony of new Aloha Air Cargo facility in May 2013. The upgrade works will be carried out in phases through 2021.

The project is being funded by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) primarily.

In 2017, the airport received 20.37 million passengers, seeing an increase of 2.52% compared to the previous year.

Daniel K Inouye international airport history

Situated in Honolulu on the island of O’ahu, the airport was originally opened as John Rodgers Airport in 1927.

It was renamed Honolulu International Airport in 1947 and began international operations in 1951. It was renamed after US Senator Daniel K Inouye in May 2017.

The airport is situated on 4,520 acres of land and currently has three terminals and six runways.

Daniel K Inouye International Airport Modernisation details

The modernisation project aims to improve security, safety, capacity and efficiency of the airport to meet the future demands.

Developments primarily include Mauka concourse, new Diamond Head Commuter Terminal, consolidated rental car facility (CONRAC), Hawaiian Airlines cargo / maintenance facility, Aloha Air Cargo (AAC) facility, widening of taxi lanes G & L, and parking facility for employees.

“Mauka concourse will add 260,000ft² of space for passengers and will be able to accommodate six wide-body or 11 narrow-body aircraft parking positions.”

The CONRAC will be a five-storey building featuring up to 2,250 parking spaces, ready return areas, customer service areas, and quick turnaround areas.

To be located in Elliott Street, the new Hawaiian Airlines (HA) cargo / maintenance facility will integrate the airline’s existing cargo and aircraft maintenance facilities, loading docks, and customer service operations.

AAC’s existing cargo and maintenance facilities will be demolished to accommodate taxi lanes widening. The facilities will be relocated to the west side of the airport.

The existing parking facility for employees will be replaced with a new parking lot between AAC and HA cargo facilities.

New Mauka concourse at Daniel K Inouye airport

The $220m Mauka concourse project includes demolition of the existing commuter terminal building and construction of a new two-level, L-shaped concourse on the Ewa side of the airport.

Mauka concourse will add 260,000ft² of space for passengers and will be able to accommodate six wide-body or 11 narrow-body aircraft parking positions. It will have six new gates with two passenger boarding bridges each. A connecting walkway will link the concourse with Interisland Terminal (Terminal 1).

The concourse will also feature a new Ramp Control Office with flight management, gate systems and fire alarm systems.

Facilities and amenities of the new concourse include boarding areas, information kiosks, passenger holdrooms, screening lanes, and restrooms.

The ground-breaking ceremony was conducted in May 2018, while completion is scheduled for the end of 2020.

Details of the Diamond Head commuter terminal

Diamond Head commuter terminal will be built towards the east side of the existing Diamond Head concourse with a connection to the existing overseas terminal.

The terminal will be added with six departure gates, 14 aircraft parking areas and an additional passenger parking facility adjacent to it.

The project also includes the redevelopment of eastern side roadways that connect to the airport to provide access to the new commuter terminal and parking space.

Taxiway and runway improvements

Taxi lanes G and L will be widened in several phases with the phase one, including reconstruction of pavement and overlaying of portions of taxi lanes G and L and taxiway A.

Airfield lighting and signage will be demolished and reconstructed and the box culvert will be expanded, under the phase one.

Improvements also include rehabilitation of taxiway Z and widening of runway 8L.