What You Will need to Know About Flying Via Honolulu


Runway at the Honolulu Airport

Image: David Croxford


Summertime suggests loads of travel to and from Hawai‘i. Federal officials forecast a record quantity of travelers at the state’s airports and nationwide this period. And that’s evaluating to pre-pandemic 2019 numbers.


How chaotic is that? For the 4-working day holiday at Memorial Working day, which kicked off this summer season, 113,000 departing travelers were screened at Honolulu’s airport of a overall of 200,000 statewide. For all 430 airports nationwide, the TSA claimed 9.8 million vacationers that weekend.


Confident, Honolulu acquired zinged for currently being tops in delays not too long ago. InsureMyTrip scientists tapped HNL for the highest delay fee in the country—29.8%—for the initially quarter of 2023 primarily based on the coverage company’s data evaluation. Rounding out the leading 10 were being: Las Vegas, Nevada San Francisco, California Palm Seaside, Florida Kahului, Maui Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i San Juan, Puerto Rico Fort Lauderdale, Florida Orlando, Florida and San Diego, California. Hawai‘i transportation officials say substantial updates to Honolulu’s longest runway, 8L, meant it was closed from Oct until finally May perhaps of this calendar year.


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A different airport improvement that should support vacationers is a $36 million baggage technique that can now approach more quickly as very well as one more scanner to double potential from 400 baggage an hour to 800 luggage an hour, according to Ford Fuchigami, deputy director of airports. New work at Kahului incorporates canine helpers at verify-in and enhanced holding room ability throughout design with plans for a new TSA checkpoint, Fuchigami claims. Here’s to velocity and location precision.


Hnl New Baggage System 800 bags per hour

New $36-million baggage program at Honolulu airport. Photo: Hawai‘i Department of Transportation.



Busiest Days and Periods

The TSA warns us that Honolulu’s checkpoints are busiest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. The busiest times to travel regionally and nationally are Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays.


To make vacation a much better working experience for all of us, HONOLULU rounded up travel suggestions gleaned from state officers, the Transportation Protection Administration and some of our savvy world-trotting buddies.


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10 Vacation Ideas and Tips

  1. Just before you vacation, indication up for TSA PreCheck to make your existence considerably less difficult and lessen your time in line. Why? On common, the TSA says 89% of PreCheck travelers wait around an normal of five minutes or less as opposed to 15 to 30 minutes for individuals without having. And that will save you the stress of having off sneakers, jackets and belts, getting rid of laptops from instances and busting out the travel-sizing liquids and gels from carry-on baggage.
  2. Acquire gain of the new PreCheck for teenagers. Considering the fact that June, TSA PreCheck vacationers can now convey their 13–17-yr-outdated relatives users by way of the expedited line in addition to small children 12 and under.
  3. Test before you park. Scope out wherever you are going to have to have to be the working day just before you go to the airport. We have all parked at the worldwide terminal when flying interisland or the other way and ended up jogging across the airport. Save the trouble and look at your ticket to see if you need to be at Terminal 1 or 2, then park in the matching construction.
  4. Be completely ready to pay far more to park. Prolonged-expression parking fees at Daniel K. Inouye Worldwide Airport rose on July 1, 2023. Now, it’s $2 a lot more to park right away, heading from $22 to $24.  Parking for 6–7 hours of parking also went up $1 to $20 and 7–8 hours rose from $20 to $22. Just operating in and out? We have nevertheless got the free of charge 15-minute grace period, and it’s even now $1 for up to 30 minutes.
  5. Pack liquids the right way. They have to have to be 3.4 ounces or scaled-down and in a quart-size ziplock bag.
  6. Get there early sufficient to park (if you need to have to), set your luggage through the U.S. Agriculture screening stations just before you test in and get in the TSA strains. The airlines advocate arriving 2.5 hrs prior to departure for worldwide and continental flights and 1.5 for interisland.
  7. What just can’t you get that’s fairly to the other 49 states? Any lei that include things like citrus-relevant bouquets or leaves, these types of as mock orange, pandanus or hala, jade vine or Mauna loa flowers.
  8. What can not you take that is food to the other 49 states? Most fruits and greens are NOT authorized without USDA inspection, these types of as papaya, banana and lychee, which have to be treated and packed in sealed, marked bins.
  9. What CAN you deliver that’s food stuff to the other 49 states and Guam? Coconut, coffee, processed food stuff like frozen mango with no seeds, fresh pineapple and most clean bouquets.
  10. Get ready for checkpoints. If you really don’t have PreCheck, ahead of you access the checkpoint, put your wallet, phone, keys, unfastened modify and sun shades in your carry-on instead than have to use a bin to pace through faster.


Be form and individual, have fun and safe travels!

International Parking Garage cars parked and signs on pillars

Honolulu’s Global parking garage. Image by Hawai‘i Department of Transportation.