The Ultimate Guide For The Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (PHNL)

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
Credit: Pinterest.

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport also known as Honolulu Airport named after Daniel K. Inouye, who represented Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. This airport is the major hub for passengers coming in from Mianland, Japan, etc.
Chart of the amount of inbound and outbound passengers at Honolulu Airport over the past years

Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
1991 22,224,594 2001 20,151,935 2011 17,991,497
1992 22,608,188 2002 19,749,902 2012 19,291,412
1993 22,061,953 2003 18,690,888 2013 19,776,751
1994 22,995,976 2004 19,334,674 2014 19,972,910
1995 23,672,894 2005 20,179,634 2015 19,869,707
1996 24,326,737 2006 20,266,686 2016 19,950,125
1997 23,880,346 2007 21,517,476 2017 21,232,359
1998 22,636,354 2008 18,809,103 2018 21,145,521
1999 22,560,399 2009 18,171,937 2019 21,870,691
2000 23,027,674 2010 18,443,873 2020 6,656,825

The Terminals, Airlines, Destinations, and Aircraft

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Terminal 1

Terminal 1 of HNL from gate A13-B5 is served by interisland Hawaiian Air Boeing 717-200s. Honolulu started building new gates A1-A12, the building is complete, but due to the COVID pandemic, there is not enough demand to open it up.

Credit: My trip report to HNL!

Main/Terminal 2

Terminal 2 of PHNL is the main terminal of all of the flights from/ to mainland, Asia, and Australia, or anywhere that’s not interisland. Gates: C9-G6. Parts of this terminal are open-air. like walking from one section of the terminal to the other side. Most of the walkways to the gates are open-air, and then the gates are located inside an enclosed roof. Recently gate C9 got a third jetbridge added to handle the ANA a380 that comes from Tokyo (pre covid) Also, gates G7-G10 (in IF it is gate 5 to gate 2) for Southwest Airlines, which is located near 22R.
Honolulu E gates. Credit: Honolulu Official Airport Website

Cargo Flights Into Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

Aloha Air Cargo Hilo, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, Los Angeles
Amazon Air Riverside
Asia Pacific Airlines Baltimore, Guam, Kiritimati, Kwajalein, Majuro, Pago Pago, Pohnpei
Corporate Air Kalaupapa, Kapalua, Lanai, Lihue, Molokai, Waimea-Kohala
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Fairfield, Fussa, Kadena, Osan, Sydney
FedEx Express Auckland, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Ontario, Singapore, Sydney
Ohana by Hawaiian Hilo, Lihue
Transair Hilo, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Lanai, Lihue, Molokai, Waimea–Kohala
UPS Airlines Guam, Hong Kong, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Long Beach, Louisville, Ontario, Phoenix, San Bernardino, San Diego, Seoul–Incheon, Sydney

Passenger Flights Into PHNL

Airlines Destinations Sources
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International, Osaka–Kansai [Source]
Air Canada Vancouver
Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson [71]
Air New Zealand Auckland [Source]
Alaska Airlines Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma [Source]
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita [Source]
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Charlotte (begins May 6, 2021),[Source] Chicago–O’Hare [Source]
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon [Source]
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan [Source]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma, Tokyo–Haneda
Seasonal: Detroit [Source]
Fiji Airways Apia–Faleolo, Kiritimati, Nadi [Source]
Hawaiian Airlines Auckland, Austin (begins April 21, 2021),[Source] Boston, Brisbane, Fukuoka, Hilo, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York–JFK, Oakland, Ontario,[Source] Orlando,[Source] Osaka–Kansai, Pago Pago, Papeete, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Sapporo–Chitose, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul–Incheon, Sydney, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita [Source]
Japan Airlines Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita [Source]
Jetstar Airways Melbourne, Sydney [Source]
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon [Source]
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon [Source]
Mokulele Airlines Kalaupapa, Kapalua, Lanai, Molokai [Source]
Philippine Airlines Manila [Source]
Qantas Sydney [Source]
Southwest Airlines Hilo, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Lihue, Long Beach,[Source] Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose (CA) [Source]
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Los Angeles, San Francisco [Source]
United Airlines Chicago–O’Hare, Chuuk, Denver, Guam, Houston–Intercontinental, Kosrae, Kwajalein, Los Angeles, Majuro, Newark, Orange County (begins May 6, 2021),[Source] Pohnpei, San Francisco, Tokyo–Narita, Washington–Dulles [Source]
WestJet Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton [Source]
ZIPAIR Tokyo (Narita International Airport - Wikipedia)


HNL has multiple runways, 2 pairs of parallel runways.


Blue: Arrival
Red: Departure
Yellow: Propeller Plane Departure
Orange: Propeller Plane Arrival
Runway 8L/26R is 12,312 feet long, and it is used mainly for landing, and occasionally departures.
8L Departure and Arrival paths

All aircraft must make a right turn right after departure because of terain and noise.

26R Departure and Arrival paths

Landing on 26R never happens anymore and usually happens on 26L, but 26R is used for taking off.

Runway 8R/26L is a 12,000-foot runway, and is called the Reef Runway because it was built on top of a reef. This Runway was supposed to be used for the space shuttle, but it is used now for mostly takeoff, and emergency landings.

Only takeoffs are being shown because landing on 8R isn’t real.

On a Kona Wind day (Winds from SW, S, W, NW) planes are forced to land on 26L, pilot’s can’t fly straight in because of terrain and buildings, so they must fly along the coast, and right before touchdown you turn, this can we tricky especially during very strong Kona winds.

But landing is just beautiful, the shore break. (Youtube, crankyflier)

**Runway 4R/22L is a 9002-foot runway mainly used for arrivals and turboprop G/A Departures.
Yellow: G/A Propeller Plane Departure
Orange: G/A Propeller Plane Arrival
4R Takeoff/landing Procedures.

22L is used on a Kona Wind Day for departures and G/A Propeller Plane Arrivals.

4L/22R is a 6955-foot runway, the procedures are the same as 4R and 22L but only for G/A Prop planes as the runway is too short to handle any commercial aircraft.


Normally, you’ll see winds from the N to the E aka tradewinds, so you’ll depart using 8R/L, and land with 8L or 4R/L
When the winds shift to the SE, tailwind comes in a factor when using 4R to land, so all traffic is inbound on 8L and outbound on 8R.
When the winds are S/SW/W/NW, use 26L for arrival, and 26R/22L for departing in west/Southwest/ South winds, and 26R for Northwest winds.

Happy flying!


Great tutorial. Thanks for making this!

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Your welcome

Thanks for this tutorial i will definitely use it when go to Honolulu


Thanks you

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Great tutorial ! really helpful.


Very needed with the coming of buildings! This will become one of the busiest airports! Thanks for the guide!

this is one of my home airports so everything is accurate. And I’ll update more in the post if new gates are here. Or other things

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I also plan to do PHOG, PHKO and PHTO as those are also a few of my home airports

and with buildings this makes it even more realistic good job IF!!

Wish this could get pinned for the FNF tomorrow at Honolulu. Great information, thanks a lot!

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Aloha from Hilo! Thanks for making this for everyone, I’m sure it’ll be helpful. I’m looking forward to your other airport guides. Hilo is definitely a needed one, since a lot of people depart straight out from 26 and fly over Mauna Kea.

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Southwest and Hawaiian Airlines are the only two US airlines that provide inter island service within the Hawaiian Islands. I think southwest is parked at terminal 2 and United Airlines is the only US airlines that flys to guam.

We should request for Gates A1-A12 to be added to this airport.

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Would be neat to utilize LAHSO when landing 4s

THIS GUIDE IS INCORRECT, you need to add the new terminal to this post. Gates A1- A12. Thankyou.

Thanks, I had a opportunity to walk in the new concourse at PHNL a few weeks ago, it is used for Hawaiian airline wide bodies and a321neos for mainland flights, infinite flight does not have a updated view of the airport of the completed building yet.

Much Mahalos.
Being that I live and work here in this new terminal now hehe I just wanted to make sure it would in the future get an update like all the other live airports have.
Thank you again for responding though. I have been a faithful User of IF & I highly enjoy and recommend the game to many.
Have a great weekend.

I don’t think I can edit this thread anymore I think after a certain about of days I can’t edit it anymore bummer.