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Hawaii Travel Guide

Hawaii — Airports

Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu’s airport is the principal gateway into Hawaii. It supports a passenger throughput of more than 21 million per year. Domestic services to dozens of continental US cities like Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Diego, and Chicago are available. In addition, there are international flights to destinations around the Pacific Rim including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and Korea.

Almost one million passengers a year are taken on Honolulu-Los Angeles flights, while the Honolulu-Kahului route is the busiest regional service. When it comes to international destinations, Japan is the busiest route and several daily flights from Nagoya, Tokyo, and Kansai Airport operate to ‘Hono’.

There are three terminals at the airport. The Commuter Terminal serves passengers flying to the smaller airports around Hawaii on mostly prop-engine aircraft. Interisland Terminal connects Honolulu to the main airports in the state, including Kahului and Kona. Mainland US and international flights arrive and depart at the Main Terminal.

Rail services are not available on Oahu, so Hawaiian tourists have to travel by taxi, car rental, or coach bus to their next destination. Bus routes leave from the upper levels of the terminals and generally travel to the central districts of the island, including Waikiki Beach and Downtown Honolulu. The Nimitz Highway is located just a short distance from the airport, allowing for rapid travel into the city. Taxis are available although they are more expensive than buses. Tourists should check with their hotel prior to arrival to see if an airport transfer shuttle is available for guests.

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