Airport renovations to create parking inconvenience for travelers

Honolulu Airport Parking

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As it stands now, parking at the Honolulu International Airport is already a bit of challenge.

“I know. I work here and I see people having a hard time,” Honolulu International Airport worker Jabal Yandall said.

So, the news that there will be fewer spaces come January is alarming.

“It’s gonna be a painful process then because it is already challenging to find parking now,” Waipio Gentry resident Robin Plante said.

The airport is going through a $700 million renovation and part of that involves building a consolidated rental car facility where the current rental car agencies are now located.

So while that’s being built, all five rental car agencies will be moved into the overseas terminal parking garage also known as the main terminal. That will take up 1,000 parking stalls or about half the space in the garage.

“What we will be doing is asking the public to look at the very top of the structure and also at the bottom because we found that there tends to be open spots in those areas,” Department of Transportation Spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.

If there are no open stalls there, the state recommends going to the international terminal garage, which is the newest one and considered underused.

“It’s adjacent to the interisland terminal. There’s about 1,800 spots in there and we usually have a lot of capacity in there,” Sluyter said.

There’s usually a good reason why there are a lot of spots available there and it’s because it’s farther away. And with luggage in tow, it’s less convenient.

“I could probably deal with it for a little while but if it’s gonna be a long, drawn out project, it will probably be challenging for people to find somewhere to park to welcome their families here in Hawaii,” Plante said.

The state says it will all take about three years. If the parking problem gets really bad, the state says it could make changes.

Other changes are already in place at the airport. The commuter parking lot also serves as an economy lot. The previous economy lot is closed.

For more information on the airport modernization project, visit this website.

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