Air traffic to the state has changed. Many of the aircraft gates at Honolulu International Airport are over 30 years old and need to be replaced with more modern and efficient facilities. Airports on the Neighbor Islands were not designed for the large number of wide-body aircrafts currently serving these destinations and Kahului, Kona and Lihue airports need additional gates and ticket lobby spaces.
The 12-year program will reposition our aging airports to accommodate the increasing volume of air traffic, both commercial and private, efficiently meet heightened security requirements and improve the passenger experience.
Current and Short-term projects over the next few years are intended to quickly address pressing needs by improving passenger service, increasing safety and improving operational efficiency. A second group of projects will increase the capacity of the airports as appropriate, enhance their convenience and continue to make them more efficient.