Honolulu airport is the main international gateway to the Hawaiian islands. The airport is relatively small, but it has some great features, such as the open air concourses, that you won't see anywhere else in the world. The airport is conveniently located just west of downtown Honolulu and less than 30 minutes from Waikiki.
The airport opened in 1927 and was expanded until WWII. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy took over the airport and dedicated its operations to support the war effort. After the war, the airfield was returned to civilian service, but Hickam Air Force Base shared the runways, and continues to share the airport today.
HNL hosts some 18 million passengers each ear. The majority of the routes to the US mainland connect to three US cities: LA, San Francisco, and Seattle. Honolulu's international service is dominated by flights to Japan, with two-thirds of all international flights bound for Nagoya, Osaka, or Tokyo. Honolulu also flies a large number of passengers to other islands in Hawaii including Maui, Kauaʻi, and the Island of Hawaiʻi.
Honolulu International Airport has daily departures to Anchorage, Atlanta, Belllingham, Brisbane, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Guam, Haneda, Houston, Incheon, Kansai, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Nagoya, Narita, Newark, Oakland, Pago Pago, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle-Tacoma, Seoul, Sydney and Vancouver.
Honolulu International Airport is the main aviation gateway for the Hawaiian Islands. The airport's Main Terminal is served by most major American airlines from the mainland U.S, and by many international airlines from other countries around the Pacific Rim. Its Interisland Terminal is the home of Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines, both of which offer frequent local service to the other Hawaiian islands.
The Airport Waikiki Express provides shuttle service to hotels in Waikiki every half hour for $8 per person. City buses #19 and #20 ($2 Adult/ no change given/ $US bills and coins accepted) also come to the airport once every half-hour, going through Aala Park downtown and on to to Waikiki. You can catch them on the outside second level of the international and domestic departure terminals.
Getting around the Hawaiian Islands can be done either as an adventure or quickly. We didn't do the helicopter island hopping but understand it can be quite scenic and exciting. If you just want to get from one island to another, Hawaiian and Aloha airlines are both quite good and offer reasonable fares. We flew both and were very satisfied with our flights.
Honolulu has HUGE runways. Very long. The 13,097-foot runway was declared the longest in the world in 1953.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the military took over the airport and grounded civilian aircraft. Rogers Field was designated Naval Air Station Honolulu.
The Navy built a control tower and terminal building. Some civilian commercial traffic was allowed during daylight hours. By1946. when the airport was returned to civilian control it was, at 4,019 acres, one of the largest airports in the U.S., with four paved land runways and three seaplane runways It still has four major runways, which it shares with the neighboring Hickam Air Force Base.
The principal runway designated 8R/26L, also known as the Reef Runway, was the world's first major runway constructed entirely offshore. Completed in 1977, the Reef Runway is a designated alternate landing site for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space shuttle
It is a Hawaiian Airlines hub
I bought my ticket as Northwest for honolulu but I rode the plane via Delta! why? since October 1, 2009, Northwest was absorbed by Delta and I bought my ticket way before that and when I finally left Honolulu on October 3, I rode a Delta plane! In addition to operating one of the largest domestic route networks in the U.S., Northwest carries more passengers across the Pacific Ocean than any other U.S. carrier hence it is a favorite of asians like me for transpacific flights and the easy accruage of air mileage in its Worldperks program but since october 1, 2009 it has merged with delta air and now my worldperks is now a delta skymiles.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2009 I travelled from Honolulu to Hilo with this company I've never heard of. A friend hooked me up with a buddy pass to try this airline out and to go see an old high school friend of mine. (Thank you Kit!) It was a small airline departing from a different section of the Honolulu main airport. Extremely friendly service and a very comfortable (and short) flight between the islands. We walked out the gate and boarded up the stairs, seated nicely, and treated well. I'll definitely be flying Hawaii Go! again! It has become one of my favorite smaller airlines. Go! is based in Honolulu as a regional brand of the Phoenix, Arizona based 'Mesa Airlines'. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Flight NW 217 from Portland (PDX) to Honolulu (HNL) on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Journeying on one of my favorite all-time airlines, Northwest, which appears merged with Delta, journeying to one of my all time desired locations to visit - Hawaii. This completes my visiting all 50 of the United States. It was a 757, no supplied meals (could purchase separately), free beverages (and they gave us the can with the drink (always a plus), and peanuts. They charged $20 per bag for luggage (not nice), and $2 for headphones (most airlines give them free). But they did have inflight entertainment/movies, and the GoGo inflight internet service which was nice. It was a 2,602 mile journey to Hawaii. I left at 5:15 PM from Portland, and arrived at 7:59 PM in Hawaii. It was a 5 hour and 44 minute flight, and we arrived early. The staff was extremely friendly and the flight very comfortable. Nice. Thank you Northwest! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Northwest Airlines came to be on September 1, 1926 by Colonel Lewis Brittin, under the name Northwest Airways, used as a reference to the historical name for the Midwestern United States that derived from the Northwest Territory. In the beginning, Northwest was not established for passengers, but raither for the U.S. Postal service in delivering mail between Minneapolis and Chicago, using open cockpit biplanes such as the Curtiss Oriole and the 1929-built Waco JYM. Northwest Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines and is based out of Eagan, Minnesota. Their three main hubs are Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, and Memphis International Airport. For Asian flights, it operates out of Tokyo Narita International Airport (Japan). Transatlantic flights are operated from its European hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol thru its sister KLM. In October of 2009, its operations control center was relocated to Delta's headquarters in Atlanta. As of 2006, Northwest became the world's sixth largest airline for domestic and international passengers. They carry more passengers across the Pacific Ocean than any other U.S. Carrier. It filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 31, 2007. Regional flights are operated under the name Delta Connection by Mesaba Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, and Compass Airlines. It moved to the Delta Airlines name on April 14, 2008 and finalized in October 29th, 2008 making Delta the largest airline in the world.
A VERY COMFORTABLE AND WONDERFUL PLACE TO TAKE OFF FOR OR ARRIVE FROM A FLIGHT..IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO PASS UP BEING AT AN AIRPORT THAT IS HOME TO A FABULOUS PLACE TO COME TO.. .IT IS AN AIRPORT IN THE MIDDLE OF A SOMEWHAT PARADISE !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!In the main terminal are the airlines
Qantas Airways Air Pacific Airways Philippine Airlines
Korean Airlines Delta Airlines All Nippon Airways
Air Canada Air New Zealand Japan Airlines
Japan Air Charter JTB Aloha Service China Airlines
American Trans Air Rich International American Airlines
Continental Airlines Continental Air Micronesia NorthWest Airlines
Aloha Airlines Hawaiian Airlines and now also Mesa GO!!!!!!!
Victims of flying may be even, if a mass catastrophe does not happen. On long lasting flights the considerable air pressure differences and the permanent immobility take uses your organism much better, than you would believe it.
Your ear protests
One of our most sensitive organs, the ears do not like even the shortest flight, since at the time of landing or take off a considerable pressure change happens in the internal ear. In the inside of aeroplane the air pressure grows or decreases suddenly. We feel only so much at this time that our ear crackles, our hearing is deteriorating, we hear a murmur, ringing possibly.
These symptoms can be moderated, if we swallow hard, suck sugar, or chew bubblegum, It is important not to sleep in at the time of the take-off or landing. Take many liquids during all the time of the flight. The consumption of mineral water or juice is highly recommended, even if you are not thirsty. The humidity of the air in the planes is very low!!
The foot gymnastics obligatory
The other frequent complaint is that the foot swells up , an oedema take shape on the ankle. Many people hardly can get off because of this. Important, that we let move the limbs repeatedly, and let us be strolling on the board.
The more time zones you cross, the more you will suffer from jet lag. You gain time flying eastward and you lose time in the backward direction. This causes a syndrome, which is not else than a disturbance in your internal clock.
Some things you can do to avoid the unpleasantly sleepy symptoms :
After landing switch your clock to the local time as soon as possible, and never let disturb yourself of what is the time now at home. If may be, try to fly by plane landing late afternoon. If you arrive in the morning try not to sleep until the local sleep time; it facilitates your conversion.
You cannot take any kind of fruit/plants onto the airplane when leaving Hawaii. They check your bags for fruits/plants when you first get to the terminal. After ticket counter/security check, they check your bags for fruit/plants AGAIN, right before you head out to the waiting area.
One time I saw a lady stuffing her mouth with pineapple that she couldn't take with her onto the plane but didn't want to waste it. This happened at the 2nd fruit check counter.
You can buy boxes of pineapple at the airport that's been approved/tagged for taking onto the airplane, but if I remember correctly it was a bit overpriced.
From the minute you get off the plane at the airport, you'll find easy access to the city. Roberts Hawaii provides inexpensive, 24-hours transportatrion between the airport and Waikiki hotel, as do many other shuttle services and most hotels. Public transit and taxis also are available. Getting from Waikiki to downtown Honolulu is as easy as boarding the B bus on Kuhio Aveneue. In Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, you can walk almost anywhere. Shopping and sighseeing trolleys, like Hilo Hattie's free shopping shuttle, run on convenient schedules and are fun and inexpensive way to get around. You can catch The Bus, rent a scooter or a Harley, tool around on a moped or peddle a bicycle. Or you can just walk to the beach and chill. If you want to get out of Waikiki, ride The Bus. It'll take you almost anywhere and back for less that $5.00. A great tip about The Bus is that it is not only cheap, but is friendly for people with disabilities (wheelchair lift and area in front of the bus especially for wheelchairs), senior citizens (discounts and front row seats), and bicycles (can put bike on a rack in front of the bus). Transportation to many of the island's major attractions and activities can be arranged with a simple phone call. As part of the package, you'll be picked up and returned to your hotel. Many tour companies and shuttle services provide transportation to popular tourist destinations like Pearl Harbor and Hanauma Bay. And you won't have to look hard to find a sightseeing tour if that's your choice. If you want to rent a vehicle, there's plenty to choose from. The minmimum driving age in Hawaii is 16, but most car rental agencies hike that limit to 25. Some will reduce the age limit to 18 or 21. The minimum age for renting a motorcycle is 18. You'll need a valid driver's license and a credit card. . For more information on Things to Do and Transportation, click on the website below.
This airport will be the entry place for a majority of the travellers to Hawaii. I recommend a window seat on any flight to the islands. The airport has an outdoor feel to it and seems to function well as a welcoming type of place to Honolulu.
To get to the city, you can take a taxi, which is very expensive. You can also take the public bus, which is cheap. However, it will make a lot of stops and is not a good option if you have significant luggage with you. That leaves a hotel shuttle, which I believe is the best option. It will be far cheaper than the taxi and it will not take forever for you to get to your hotel either. After all, you probably value your time here and the flight was long enough.
We had to go around Abraham's barn to get to our gate. Those who bought pineapples had to check them separately and fill out forms because of paranoid agriculture laws in California which all but require the blessing of the President before any outside agricultural product can enter or pass through. Air New Zealand 50 took off late on account of that New York group. On reaching our climb, they served peanuts and drinks. Straightaway thereafter they served breakfast. This consisted of scrambled eggs, sausage patties, croissants with butter and jelly, pineapple, and blueberry yogurt. Much of the remainder of the flight was like listening to your hair grow. An hour and a half before landing in Los Angeles, they served a snack- a ham and Swiss sandwich with a pickle on the side. I took coffee to wash all that down. Some 45 minutes before landing, they started handing out immigration cards. Because we came from Honolulu (a city just as American as Virgilina or Mechanicsville, VA), I unconditionally refused to fill it out. I figured that showing my American passport and my ticket which proved I got on in Honolulu was gracious plenty. However the stewardess told me that this had to be done since the flight originated in Rarotonga or some place like that. I didn't care! Filling out an immigration form on a flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles was just as dumb as filling out one on a bus from Durham to Richmond!
To get here: Plane... that's how most folks arrive. Fewer than 4% of our visitors arrive/depart by cruise ship. So far the US Interstate Highway hasn't connected us to the other 48! WHAT'S IT GONNA TAKE FOR AIRFARE TO GO DOWN? Geez. It keeps going up. It's a drag to have to sell your 1st born to leave the Islands. But some charters outta LA and SFO also sometimes have $180 or less one way. It's really cheap right now to travel (High Season- summer! Get's cheaper in the FALL!) Very interesting!
Once you arrive, take Da Bus. It's pretty much on time and you can buy an all access Bus Pass at most 7/11's for about $20.