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Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

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About Honolulu International Airport

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is an international airport located in Honolulu, on the Island of O'ahu. Also known as Honolulu International Airport, or even Honolulu Airport, this airport is one of the busiest in the United States with over 21 million annual passengers.

The airport first opened in March 1927, where it was called John Rodgers Airport and was the first full airport in Hawaii. In 1947, the airport was renamed to Honolulu Airport, with the 'International' being added 4 years later. The airport remained with the same name until it was renamed in 2017 to its current form, where it was named after the late U.S. Senator, Daniel Inouye.

Honolulu Airport is the hub for Hawaiian Airlines, but also a number of cargo airlines including Aloha Air Cargo, Transair and Asia Pacific Airlines. The airport is located just 5km northwest of Honolulu's CBD (central business district).


The total land area of the airport spans 4,220 acres. Honolulu's terminal complex features 24-hour medical services, a vast array of shops and restaurants.

Facilities Include:

  • Business centre including conference rooms
  • WiFi
  • Postal Services
  • Baggage Carts
  • Luggage Storage
  • Medical Services
  • Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiian Garden
  • Defibrillators
  • Mobile Charging
  • ATMs / Card Machines
  • Smoking areas
  • Showers

Lounges Include:

Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge: Located in Terminal 1 and accessible to economy class travellers, this lounge includes non-alcoholic beverages, reading material, television and WiFi.

The Plumeria Lounge: Located in Terminal 1, accessible with a priority pass. Gain access to beverages (alcoholic and soft), wifi, complimentary reading material, snacks and TV.

United Club: Located in terminal 2, you can pay at the door with proof of United ticket. Access to drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, WiFi, reading material such as newspapers and magazines, TV, phones, and conference facilities.


Honolulu Airport has 4 major runways, with one of them, the Reef Runway, being the world's first major runway constructed entirely offshore and was designed to be the alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle. In addition to the 4 primary runways, there are two offshore runways on the water, designed to be used by seaplanes.


There are three terminals at this airport, with a shuttle bus; The Wiki Wiki Shuttle, going between terminals.

Terminal 1

First opened in 1993, this terminal was previously known as the 'Interisland Terminal'. Originally there were 8 gates at this terminal, but an additional 5 were added in the expansion of 1995 so that there are currently 13 gates. This terminal is the home of Hawaiian Airlines.

Terminal 2

Originally known as the 'Overseas Terminal', this terminal was first opened in 1962, but has been modernised and expanded since. There is currently 29 gates in this terminal, across 3 concourses and is home to airlines such as Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Fiji Airways, Jetstar Airways and Qantas.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 used to be known as the 'Commuter Terminal', and was only opened in 2018. Currently, this terminal is home to Mokulele Airlines.

Airlines that fly to Honolulu Airport

AirAsia X, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, JetStar Airways, Jin Air, Korean Air, Mokulele Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, WestJet.

How to get to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

By road

There are two main roads that provide great accessibility to the airport by road. These are the Nimitz Highway and the Queen Liliuokalani Freeway.

By public transport

There are multiple options for passengers wanting to get to or from the airport by bus, with the 19 and 20 routes connecting the airport to Pearlridge Center, Downtown Honolulu and Waikki. Route 31 stops at Tripler Ar,y Medical Center, and also the 9, 40, 42 and 51 stop within walking distance of the airport, on the Nimitz Highway.

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