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Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
Kahua Mokulele Kauina o Honolulu
Airport type Public / Military
Owner State of Hawaii
Operator Department of Transportation
Serves Honolulu, Island of O'ahu
Location Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 21░1907N 157░5521W / 21.31861░N 157.92250░W / 21.31861; -157.92250Coordinates: 21░1907N 157░5521W / 21.31861░N 157.92250░W / 21.31861; -157.92250
Website airports.hawaii.gov/hnl

FAA airport diagram
Location of airport in Hawaii
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 6,952 2,119 Asphalt
4R/22L 9,000 2,743 Asphalt
4W/22W 3,000 914 Water
8L/26R 12,312 3,753 Asphalt
8R/26L 12,000 3,658 Asphalt
8W/26W 5,000 1,524 Water
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations 278,145
Total passengers 19,869,707
Total cargo (metric tonnes) 412,270
Sources: ACI[1]

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport[2] (IATA: HNLICAO: PHNLFAA LID: HNL), also known as Honolulu International Airport, is the principal aviation gateway of the City and County of Honolulu on Oahu in the State of Hawaii. It is identified as one of the busiest airports in the United States, with traffic now exceeding 21 million passengers a year and rising.[3]

Named for late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who represented Hawaii from 1963 to 2012, the airport is located in the Honolulu census-designated place three miles (5 km) northwest of Honolulu's central business district.[4][5] Main roads leading to the airport are Nimitz Highway and the Queen Liliuokalani Freeway of Interstate H-1.

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport serves as the principal hub of Hawaiian Airlines, the largest Hawaii-based airline. Hawaiian Airlines offers flights between the various airports of the Hawaiian Islands and also serves the continental United States, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan, China, and South Korea. It is host to major United States and international airlines, with direct flights to North American, Asian, and Pacific Rim destinations. In addition to services to most major western cities and many smaller gateways, especially in California, the airport has succeeded in attracting long-haul services to the East Coast including the recently added destinations of TorontoPearson and WashingtonDulles, which have joined established services to Atlanta, New YorkJFK and Newark.

It is also the base for Aloha Air Cargo, which previously offered both passenger and cargo services under the name Aloha Airlines. This airline ceased passenger flights on March 31, 2008, and sold off its cargo services to Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources, Inc (also owners of inter-island sea-based shipping company Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge.)

In 2012, the airport handled 19,291,412 passengers, 278,145 aircraft movements and processed 412,270 metric tonnes of cargo.[6] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 20172021, in which it is categorized as a large-hub primary commercial service facility.[7]


HNL opened in March 1927 as John Rodgers Airport, named after World War I naval officer John Rodgers.[8] It was funded by the territorial legislature and the Chamber of Commerce, and was the first full airport in Hawaii: aircraft had previously been limited to small landing strips, fields or seaplane docks. From 1939 to 1943, the adjacent Keehi Lagoon was dredged for use by seaplanes, and the dredged soil was moved to HNL to provide more space for conventional airplanes.

The U.S. military grounded all civil aircraft and took over all civil airports after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Rodgers Field was designated Naval Air Station Honolulu. The Navy built a control tower and terminal building, and some commercial traffic was allowed during daylight hours. Rodgers Field was returned to the Territory of Hawaii in 1946. At the time, at 4,019 acres (16.26 km2), it was one of the largest airports in the United States, with four paved land runways and three seaplane runways.[8]

John Rodgers Airport was renamed Honolulu Airport in 1947; "International" was added to the name in 1951.[8] Being near the center of the Pacific Ocean it was a stop for many transpacific flights. By 1950 it was the third-busiest airport in the United States in terms of aircraft operations, and its 13,097-foot (3,992 m) runway was the longest in the world in 1953.[8] In summer 1959 Qantas began the first jet service to Honolulu on its flights between Australia and California.[9] Aeronautical engineer and airline consultant, Frank Der Yuen, advised in the design of the original building and founded its aerospace museum.[10]

The original terminal building on the southeast side of runways 4 was replaced by the John Rodgers Terminal, which was dedicated on August 22, 1962 and opened on October 14, 1962.[8] From 1970 through 1978, the architect Vladimir Ossipoff designed a terminal modernization project that remodeled this terminal and created several additions,[11][12] which included the Diamond Head Concourse in 1970, the Ewa Concourse in 1972, and the Central Concourse in 1980.[13]

Pan Am used Honolulu as a transpacific hub for many years, initially as a connecting point between the West Coast and Polynesia (Fiji, New Caledonia and New Zealand) in 1946,[14] followed by service to East Asia through Midway Island and Wake Island from 1947.[15] By the mid-1970s Pan Am offered nonstop service from Honolulu to Japan, Guam, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, as well as to cities on the West Coast.[16] Continental Airlines used Honolulu as a stopover point for charter service to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War era, and to feed its Guam-based Air Micronesia operation.[17] American Airlines also operated flights to Australia and the South Pacific through Honolulu from 1970 to 1975.[18] Many foreign carriers used Honolulu as a transpacific stopover point, including Air New Zealand, China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.[19]

Modernization and history since 2006

On March 24, 2006, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle unveiled a $2.3 billion modernization program for Hawaii airports over a 12-year period, with $1.7 billion budgeted for Honolulu International Airport.[20] The plan involves implementing short-term projects within the first five years to improve passenger service and increase security and operational efficiencies.[21]

As part of the modernization, flight display monitors throughout the airport have been upgraded, new food and beverage vendors have been added, and a new parking garage across from the International Arrivals terminal has been completed. Current projects include an international arrivals corridor with moving sidewalks built atop the breezeway leading to the Ewa Concourse. The first phase of the project was completed in October 2009, while the remainder of the two phase project was completed in 2010.[22]

In 2011, Hawaiian Airlines renovated the check-in lobby of the Interisland Terminal, replacing the traditional check-in counters with six circular check-in islands in the middle of the lobbies, which can be used for inter-island, mainland, and international flights. This renovation project was fully funded by Hawaiian Airlines and not a part of the modernization program.[23]

Future projects include construction of a Mauka Concourse branching off the Interisland Terminal, the first concourse expansion at Honolulu International Airport in 15 years. Construction of the concourse will involve replacing the existing Commuter Terminal.[24] This new concourse will be for the exclusive use of Hawaiian Airlines, and will allow it to reduce use of overseas terminal gates for international and US mainland flights. This will mean less walking for passengers who check in, clear security, and use the baggage claim at the inter-island terminal. It will also free up gates in the overseas terminal for use by other airlines. Landside plans include construction of a consolidated rental car facility (CONRAC). A temporary rental car center is currently being built in the overseas parking garage so that the existing rental car facilities can be demolished to make way for the new permanent facility.

By 2012, Hawaiian Airlines was re-establishing Honolulu International Airport as a connecting hub between the United States mainland and the Asia-Pacific region.[25] That year, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, the airport had 24% fewer domestic departure flights than it did in 2007.[26]

During the 2016 legislative session, the Hawaii state legislature passed a resolution requesting the Department of Transportation to rename Honolulu International Airport for the late Senator Daniel Inouye.[27] The new name first appeared in Federal Aviation Administration documentation on April 27, 2017,[28] and the airport was officially renamed in a ceremony at the airport on May 30, 2017.


Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is part of a centralized state structure governing all of the airports and seaports of Hawaii. The official authority of Honolulu International Airport is the Governor of Hawaii, who appoints the Director of the Hawaii State Department of Transportation who has jurisdiction over the Hawaii Airports Administrator.

The Hawaii Airports Administrator oversees six governing bodies: Airports Operations Office, Airports Planning Office, Engineering Branch, Information Technology Office, Staff Services Office, Visitor Information Program Office. Collectively, the six bodies have authority over the four airport districts in Hawaii: Hawaii District, Kauai District, Maui District and the principal Oahu District. Honolulu International Airport is a subordinate of the Oahu District officials.

Facilities and aircraft

The airport has four major runways, which it operates in conjunction with the adjacent Hickam Air Force Base.[29] 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 was a designated alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle.

In addition to the four paved runways, Honolulu International Airport has two designated offshore runways designated 8W/26W and 4W/22W for use by seaplanes.

The airport covers a total area of 4,220 acres (1,708 ha) of land.[4]

The entire terminal complex features twenty-four-hour medical services, restaurants, shopping centers and a business center with conference rooms for private use. Passengers have the option of using various short-term and long-term parking structures on the grounds of Honolulu International Airport.

For the 12-month period ending January 30, 2014, the airport had 286,897 aircraft operations, an average of 786 per day. Of these movements 53% were scheduled commercial, 25% air taxi, 16% general aviation and 5% military. There are 217 aircraft based at this airport: 51% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 15% military, 9% helicopter and 3% jet.[30]

All Nippon Airways has its Honolulu Office in Airport Building 47.[31] When Mid-Pacific Airlines was in operations, its headquarters were on the airport property.[32]


Daniel K. Inouye International Airport has three main terminal buildings. A fleet of Chance RT-52 buses provide inter-terminal transportation between the ticket counters of all three terminals and between the concourses in the Inter-island and Main terminals. These buses, known as "Wiki Wiki" buses (from the Hawaiian word for "quick"), are the namesake for the WikiWikiWeb, the first wiki. All gates in the airport are connected post-security.

Overseas Terminal (Gates 634)

The Overseas Terminal serves U.S domestic and international destinations. All luggage departing Hawaii for the US mainland, Guam, or international destinations must clear agricultural inspection. Bags to be checked must be scanned at dedicated agriculture inspection stations near the terminal entrance before checking in. Agricultural inspection for carry-on luggage, however, is carried out at the overseas TSA checkpoints. All boarding gates in the Main Overseas Terminal at Honolulu International are common use, shared among all airlines, and may change daily as the need arises. No gates are assigned to any specific airline. The Main Overseas Terminal is divided into three concourses.

  • Diamond Head Concourse contains gates 611
  • Central Concourse contains gates 1423
  • Ewa Concourse contains gates 2634
  • Gates 12-13 and 24-25 are part of the main terminal building
Inter-island Terminal (Gates 4961)

The Inter-island Terminal mainly serves the inter-island and some US mainland flights and departing international flights of Hawaiian Airlines; most of Hawaiian's U.S. Mainland and International departures leave from gates in the overseas terminal. It is designed to handle flights of jet aircraft between the major commercial airports in the Hawaiian Islands. The former Aloha Airlines and Mokulele Airlines Alii Lounge has been converted to a second Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge near Gate 56.

On the ground level, Hawaiian Airlines uses Baggage Claim B for U.S. Mainland arrivals, and Baggage Claim C is used for inter-island and U.S. Mainland arrivals. International arrivals on Hawaiian Airlines use the International Arrivals Baggage Claim located in the Main Terminal. Mokulele Airlines and Aloha Airlines formerly occupied Baggage Claim C.

  • Makai Pier contains gates 49-53
  • Gates 54-61 are part of the main terminal building
Commuter Terminal (Gates 6280)

The Commuter Terminal serves smaller airlines which operate flights between both the smaller and major commercial airports in the island chain.

Boarding and deplaning is conducted directly on the tarmac, using an auxiliary incline ramp to avoid the air-stairs. Passengers who depart from the commuter terminal bound for another island, and are connecting to a flight bound for the U.S. mainland may not have baggage checked through to their final destination. The bags must be claimed at the next airport and be re-checked after completing pre-departure agriculture inspection formalities.

The commuter terminal is slated for closure and demolition in order to make way for an expansion of the inter-island terminal. Originally, a replacement commuter terminal was planned to be built on the Diamond Head side of the airport. However, since those plans, three of the four airlines occupying the commuter terminal exited the market, and the last significantly cut back their service. This reduction in commuter airline service as well as higher than expected project cost led to the cancellation of the project. The state is still figuring out how to accommodate the remaining commuter airline once the terminal is demolished.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia X Kuala LumpurInternational, OsakaKansai
Air Canada Rouge Vancouver
Seasonal: TorontoPearson
Air China BeijingCapital
Air New Zealand Auckland
Alaska Airlines Anchorage, Los Angeles (begins April 25, 2018),[33] Oakland, Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco (begins April 25, 2018),[33] San JosÚ (CA), Seattle/Tacoma
All Nippon Airways TokyoHaneda, TokyoNarita
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, PhoenixSky Harbor
Asiana Airlines SeoulIncheon
Boyd Vacations Hawaii Charter: Las Vegas[34]
China Airlines TaipeiTaoyuan, TokyoNarita
China Eastern Airlines ShanghaiPudong
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Fukuoka, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, NagoyaCentrair, OsakaKansai, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma, TokyoNarita
Seasonal: Las Vegas, New YorkJFK, Portland (OR), San Francisco
Fiji Airways Apia-Faleolo, Kiritimati, Nadi
Hawaiian Airlines Auckland, BeijingCapital, Brisbane, Hilo, Kahului, Kapalua, KailuaKona, Lanai, Lihue, Las Vegas, Long Beach (begins May 31, 2018),[35] Los Angeles, Molokai, New YorkJFK, Oakland, OsakaKansai, Pago Pago, Papeete, PhoenixSky Harbor, Portland (OR), Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San JosÚ (CA), SapporoChitose, Seattle/Tacoma, SeoulIncheon, Sydney, TokyoHaneda, TokyoNarita
Japan Airlines NagoyaCentrair, OsakaKansai, TokyoNarita
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney
Jin Air SeoulIncheon
Korean Air SeoulIncheon, TokyoNarita
Mokulele Airlines Kahului, KailuaKona, Kalaupapa, Kapalua, Molokai
Philippine Airlines Manila
Qantas Sydney
Scoot OsakaKansai, Singapore
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Los Angeles (begins May 19, 2018)[36]
United Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Chuuk, Denver, Guam, HoustonIntercontinental, Kosrae, Kwajalein, Los Angeles, Majuro, Newark, Pohnpei, San Francisco, TokyoNarita, WashingtonDulles
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco (both end April 24, 2018)[33]
WestJet Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary
Airlines Destinations
Aloha Air Cargo Hilo, Kahului, KailuaKona, Lihue, Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Asia Pacific Airlines Guam, Kiritimati, Kwajalein, Majuro, Pago Pago, Pohnpei
Corporate Air Kalaupapa, Kamuela, Kapalua, Lanai, Lihue, Molokai
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Sydney
FedEx Express Auckland, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Ontario, Sydney
Transair Hilo, Kahului, KailuaKona, Lihue, Molokai, Lanai, WaimeaKohala
UPS Airlines Guam, Hong Kong, Long Beach, Louisville, Kahului, KailuaKona, Ontario, Phoenix, San Diego, SeoulIncheon, Sydney
Fixed-base operators

A number of fixed-base operators are located along Lagoon Drive on the airport's southeastern perimeter. While these focus on general aviation services, there are a few small passenger airline operations that operate from these facilities, rather than from the main terminal complex. Air tour flights typically depart from this area as well.

Airlines Destinations FBO
Makani Kai Air Charters Kalaupapa, Molokai Makani Kai
Te Mauri Travel
operated by Maritime Air Charters
Kiritimati Castle & Cooke Aviation

Traffic and statistics

The largest airline at Honolulu airport is Hawaiian Airlines offering 13,365 seats per day, which represents a 45% market share. The No. 2 and No. 3 carriers are United and Japan Airlines (JAL) with 7.7% and 7.4% market share respectively.

Traffic between Honolulu and the mainland United States is dominated by flights to and from Los Angeles and San Francisco. These two cities, plus Seattle, account for around half of all flights between the mainland and Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines, with 11 routes, has the highest market share on routes between Honolulu and the continental United States.[37][38]

Internationally, Japan is the dominant market. Two-thirds of international seats head for Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo (both Haneda and Narita airports) with services provided by Japan Airlines, Air Japan, China Airlines, Korean Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian, or United. Narita alone is served with 61 weekly departures and is the second busiest international route from the United States, trailing only the lucrative John F. Kennedy Airport-London Heathrow route.[37][39]

Other major international routes are to Seoul (25 weekly departures operated by Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Hawaiian, and Jin Air), Sydney (12 weekly departures operated by Hawaiian, Jetstar and Qantas) and Vancouver (19 weekly departures split between Air Canada and Westjet).

In October 2009, China-based Hainan Airlines was granted approval for a nonstop flight from Honolulu to Beijing.[40] It would be the first mainland Chinese carrier to serve Hawaii and the airline's second US destination after Seattle. The airline originally planned to launch the service by the summer of 2010,[41] but the route has been further delayed due to visa concerns and landing fees.[42] China Eastern, however, announced that it will begin nonstop flights from Honolulu to Shanghai on August 9, 2011 instead, marking the first ever direct, regularly scheduled service between China and Hawaii.[43] On January 21, 2014, Air China launched the second China-Hawaii route with nonstop flights from Honolulu to Beijing, also the first nonstop route between the 2 cities.[44]

Las Vegas based Allegiant Air used to offer once-weekly non-stop service to many smaller markets in the mainland Western United States. These cities included Bellingham, Boise, Eugene, Fresno, Spokane, and Stockton. Allegiant still offers service to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.[45] It was announced that Allegiant plans to drop service to Honolulu altogether in August 2016.[46]

Top destinations
Busiest domestic routes from Honolulu
(November 2016 October 2017)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Los Angeles, CA 1,082,910 American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, Virgin America
2 Kahului, HI 1,029,950 Hawaiian, Island, Mokulele
3 KailuaKona, HI 748,940 Hawaiian, Island, Mokulele
4 Lihue, HI 726,330 Hawaiian, Island
5 Hilo, HI 553,130 Hawaiian
6 San Francisco, CA 545,180 Delta, Hawaiian, United, Virgin America
7 Seattle/Tacoma, WA 325,700 Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian
8 Las Vegas, NV 265,880 Hawaiian
9 PhoenixSky Harbor, AZ 205,560 American, Hawaiian
10 Portland, OR 160,990 Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian
Busiest international routes from HNL (2014)[48]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 TokyoNarita, Japan 1,499,299 ANA, China Airlines, Delta, JAL, United
2 OsakaKansai, Japan 559,752 Delta, Hawaiian, JAL
3 TokyoHaneda, Japan 526,264 ANA, Hawaiian, JAL
4 SeoulIncheon, South Korea 493,400 Asiana, Hawaiian, Korean
5 Sydney, Australia 405,637 Hawaiian, Jetstar, Qantas
6 NagoyaCentrair, Japan 297,701 Delta, JAL
7 Vancouver, Canada 241,659 Air Canada, WestJet
8 Fukuoka, Japan 178,100 Delta
9 Auckland, New Zealand 134,410 Air New Zealand, Hawaiian
10 ShanghaiPudong, China 95,341 China Eastern
Airline market share
Largest Airlines at HNL
(November 2016 October 2017)
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Hawaiian Airlines 8,217,000 56.06%
2 United Airlines 2,364,000 16.13%
3 Delta Air Lines 1,335,000 9.11%
4 American Airlines 993,000 6.78%
5 Alaska Airlines 664,000 5.43%
Annual traffic
Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at HNL, 1931 through 2016[50][51][52]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 18,443,873 2000 23,027,674 1990 23,367,770 1980 15,155,337 1970 7,234,594 1960 1,609,303 1950 516,961 1940 28,624
2009 18,171,937 1999 22,560,399 1989 22,617,340 1979 15,506,169 1969 5,538,271 1959 1,069,523 1949 467,397 1939 21,861
2008 18,809,103 1998 22,636,354 1988 21,577,541 1978 14,703,764 1968 4,632,216 1958 981,022 1948 469,849 1938 28,611
2007 21,517,476 1997 23,880,346 1987 20,380,042 1977 12,922,895 1967 4,363,672 1957 950,883 1947 471,944
2016 19,950,125 2006 20,266,686 1996 24,326,737 1986 19,076,395 1976 12,182,519 1966 3,534,450 1956 881,814 1946 272,513
2015 19,869,707 2005 20,179,634 1995 23,672,894 1985 17,497,204 1975 11,306,443 1965 3,019,789 1955 775,441 1945 170,437
2014 19,972,910 2004 19,334,674 1994 22,995,976 1984 17,287,620 1974 10,639,503 1964 2,556,330 1954 720,033 1944 110,242
2013 19,776,751 2003 18,690,888 1993 22,061,953 1983 16,035,463 1973 10,109,483 1963 2,225,568 1953 684,559 1943 107,945
2012 19,291,412 2002 19,749,902 1992 22,608,188 1982 16,493,587 1972 8,704,003 1962 1,911,060 1952 661,189 1942 82,397
2011 17,991,497 2001 20,151,935 1991 22,224,594 1981 15,376,489 1971 7,604,992 1961 1,723,979 1951 582,281 1941 37,099 1931 12,206

Public transport

TheBus routes 19, 20, and 31 stop on the upper (departure) level of the airport. Routes 19 and 20 connect the airport to Pearlridge Center (20 only), Hickam AFB (19 only), Downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana Center, and Waikiki. Route 31 connects the airport to Tripler Army Medical Center, via Kalihi Transit Center. Routes 9, 40, 40A, 42, and 62 run on Nimitz Highway within walking distance of the airport.

When Honolulu Rail Transit phase II opens, there will be a station at the airport connecting it to Downtown Honolulu and points west of the airport.[53]

Accidents and incidents

  • On March 22, 1955, a United States Navy Douglas R6D-1 Liftmaster transport on descent to a landing in darkness and heavy rain strayed off course and crashed into Pali Kea Peak in the southern part of Oahu's Waianae Range, killing all 66 people on board. It remains the worst air disaster in Hawaii's history and the deadliest heavier-than-air accident in the history of U.S. naval aviation.[54][55][56][57]
  • On July 22, 1962, Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 301, a Bristol Britannia 314 crashed while it attempted a "go-around". 27 of the 40 passengers and crew on board were killed.
  • Vickers Viscount N7410 of Aloha Airlines was damaged beyond repair when it collided on the ground with Douglas DC-9-31 N906H of Hawaiian Airlines on June 27, 1969.[58]
  • On August 8, 1971, Vickers Viscount N7415 of Aloha Airlines was damaged beyond economic repair when a fire broke out upon landing.[59]
  • Pan Am Flight 830: a bomb exploded aboard as the aircraft prepared for approach to Honolulu from Tokyo on August 11, 1982. One teenager was killed and 15 others were injured. The aircraft did not disintegrate, and made a safe emergency landing in Honolulu.
  • Aloha Airlines Flight 243: flying from Hilo to Honolulu International Airport on April 28, 1988, experienced a rapid decompression. An 18-foot-long (5.5 m) section of the fuselage roof and sides were torn from the airplane, due to metal fatigue. Out of the 89 passengers and 6 crew members, the only fatality was a flight attendant blown out of the airplane. Several passengers sustained life-threatening injuries. The aircraft diverted to Kahului Airport.
  • United Airlines Flight 811: a Boeing 747 carrying 3 flight crew, 15 cabin crew and 337 passengers from Honolulu to Auckland on February 24, 1989, suffered rapid decompression when a cargo door separated from the aircraft after takeoff from the Reef Runway. Nine passengers were swept from the aircraft. The plane returned to Honolulu.
  • Bojinka plot: a plot discovered by United States and Filipino intelligence authorities after a fire in a Manila apartment, included in its first phase the planned detonation of bombs aboard several flights inbound to, or outbound from, Honolulu on January 21, 1995. The Bojinka plot later developed into the September 11 attacks.
  • On February 2, 2016, the pilot of a Cessna 337 Skymaster, making a trip to nearby Kalaeloa Airport from Honolulu International Airport, discovered his landing gear would not retract. Spending around 2 hours circling to burn fuel, he made an emergency water landing in Sea Lane 4/22 off of Lagoon Drive. The 68-year-old pilot did not require transportation to the hospital.[60]

In popular culture

The airport has been featured in several episodes of the Hawaii Five-0 (2010) television series, as well as in the 2006 film, Snakes on a Plane, and the 2014 film Godzilla. The latter was actually only featured in a single exterior shot as all scenes filmed at the "airport" were actually filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.[citation needed]


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