Honolulu International Airport to get $700M facelift

Honolulu Airport modernization project

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More than $700 million of improvements are about to begin at Honolulu International Airport.

But as always, with improvements, expect some inconveniences along the way.

KHON2 wanted to know where all that money will go?

The governor was joined by other dignitaries as they broke ground for the new Aloha Air Cargo Terminal. The $12 million project is just a a drop in the bucket for the list of improvements scheduled at Honolulu International Airport.

“This is the start of a new era in Hawaii,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

At the end of the summer, work begins on a a new car rental facility, a one-stop shop for all five car rental companies. So during construction, the current facility will be moved to the overseas parking terminal, taking up a thousand parking spaces, about half of the garage. But the state says the parking structure attached to the interisland terminal has plenty of spots available.

“The reason they built the international terminal was because the interisland terminal was filling up but now with that added capacity the 18 hundred it’s not a problem,” stated Caroline Sluyter with the State Transportation Department.

The biggest addition will be a new concourse, on the mauka side of the airport, where the commuter terminal is right now. It basically adds a new wing to the airport and a whole new way of traveling.

“One of the main reasons we want to build the mauka concourse is it will be able to handle the wide body jets the really large planes that people are wanting to fly in here now,” said Sluyter.

The concourse can handle up to six wide body planes, and the terminal will be built with new concession stands along with modern improvements. The commuter terminal will then be moved to the Diamond Head side of the airport.

The project is paid for by landing fees and other cash generated by the airport.

Target date to complete everything is 2018.

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