Major (and costly) changes coming to Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

If you been to the airport lately, any airport in the state, you may have noticed a lot of construction.

Some major projects are nearing completion while several others will soon get underway.

KHON2 wanted to know how much they cost, and how the work will benefit you.

The changes won’t come cheap.

State transportation officials say all the major changes are designed to ultimately save travelers time, and tax payers money.

It’s the first and last thing more than 20 million people see every year. Soon, Honolulu International Airport will take on a new look and feel. Among the most significant changes is a new, and nearly completed interim rental car facility that brings all the major companies as well as shuttle busses into one centralized location.

“It’ll be much more efficient it will be more convenient. It is located directly across the airport on the ground level he’ll be able to get there either through coming down the parking lot or to the ground level,” said Department of Transportation Deputy Director of Airports Division Ross Higashi.

Once the rail line connects with the airport, this interim facility will be folded into the permanent rental car facility that will be completed in June of the year 2020.

The total cost is $31 million for the interim facility, and another $330 million for the permanent

facility. Both of which are completely paid for by surcharges added on to all rental cars.

Another significant upgrade is the addition of 32 automated passports kiosks that should be up and running by the end of November.

Every day 6,000 international travelers pass through our airport, and the processing time will be decreased by up to 30 percent.

Honolulu International will be one of only 36 airport worldwide to utilize the automated machines, which will quickly identify passengers through their passports and fingerprints.

The total cost for the 36 kiosks is $1.7 million.

There are also several cosmetic changes coming. Including upgrades to up to 35 restrooms at a cost of $15 million dollars.

There will be new blue airport signage.

“Currently it’s a fluorescent yellow signage that we have today. It’s going to be blue and white and it’s going to be segregated between terminal one and terminal two,” said Higashi. “This is to prevent confusion when entering the airport.”

The total cost of the signs is $25 million.

Among all the expenditures, the addition of new fixtures, lightbulbs and some 9,000 photovoltaic panels that DOT officials say will ultimately save more than a half billion dollars in energy costs over the next 20 years.

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