Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
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
photo credit: http://terminalmaps.hawaii.gov:8080/hmaps/hnl
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!
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
|Aloha Air Cargo||Hilo, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, Los Angeles|
|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|
HNL has multiple runways, 2 pairs of parallel runways.
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.