Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is one of the world’s largest, busiest and most beautiful airports. Owned and operated by the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, it covers 4,520 acres of fast and submerged land, and is larger than the major resort destination of Waikiki, which is located 10 miles to the south.
HNL has four active runways, including the 12,000-foot Reef Runway which was the world’s first major runway built entirely offshore.
Landscaped with the beautiful trees and flowers of the Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu International Airport plays host to more than 20 million visitors each year.
The airport is served by 27 international and domestic carriers, three interisland airlines, and four commuter airlines.
Passengers are transported from the Main Terminal Ticket Lobbies to 47 gates and holding rooms in the Central, Diamond Head and Ewa Concourses, and the Interisland and Commuter Terminals via Wiki Wiki buses.
There are eight Federal Government agencies located within the airport complex, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Agriculture, Drug Enforcement Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, Post Office, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Transportation Security Administration. Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) and HNL operate as a joint use facility and share runways and taxiways.
The airport has its own retail stores, restaurants and bars, business center, automated teller machines, insurance companies, currency exchange, gasoline station, jail, freeway, traffic lights, post office, and light industry.
At any given daytime or evening hour, an estimated 10,000 people are in the airport complex as passengers, employees or visitors. Approximately 15,000 people work at the airport every day and another 20,000 depend on the airport daily for their livelihood. HNL has a workforce of 550 employees, half of whom are custodians and maintenance personnel.
The state operates two Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting stations, one adjacent to the Reef Runway and the other near the Interisland Terminal.
The airport works closely with the Airline Committee of Hawaii, the Airport Concessionaires Committee, the Federal Aviation Administration and other federal agencies, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) in the operation of the airport.
Honolulu International also manages Kalaeloa Airport (JRF) and Dillingham Field (HDH). Kalaeloa, the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station, was designated as the general aviation reliever airport for HNL on July 1, 1999. Kalaeloa is also an alternate landing site for military and commercial airlines and is used on a daily basis by the Coast Guard. Dillingham Field is a specialized general aviation airport used primarily by gliders and parachutists.