Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii will soon begin preliminary work to replace the old Interisland Terminal as part of a $2.3bn state-wide airport modernisation plan.
The Mauka Concourse is a 220,000ft², L-shaped structure that will feature five new security screening lanes and 12 security gates once the expansion is complete, according to honoluluadvertiser.com.
The concourse will be able to accommodate Airbus wide-body jets on completion in 2013.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) said it will begin work on new ticket counters, baggage claim offices and signage for the commuter airlines next month in preparation for the new concourse.
This will be the first of several major upgrades at the airport and will cost an estimated $1.7bn.