IATA Code: HNL – Honolulu International Airport

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International Air Transport Association (IATA) Location Identifier uses a 3-letter code to identify locations of airports throughout the world.


HNL/ Daniel K. Inouye International Airport or also known as Honolulu International Airport is the principal aviation gateway of the city of Honolulu on Oahu Island in the state of Hawaii. It is identified as one of the busiest airports in the country. The airport is named after the US Senator and Medal of Honor recipient Daniel K. Inouye who represented Hawaii. The airport is located 3 miles northwest of Honolulu’s CBD.

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport serves as the main hub of Hawaiian Airlines which is the largest Hawaii-based airline. It offers flights between the various airports of the Hawaiian islands and also serves the continental US, Canada, Australasia, the Asian nations and Pacific Rim. I arrived in HNL Airport around 1030H from Sydney, Australia. Upon de-planing, I instantly noticed that the airport building is old. I saw the ceilings need fix, the travelators were not working, and the smell of a wet carpet. I was in a hallway on my way to US Customs and Border Protection. The lightings were dim but relaxing to look at and they incorporate small trees and gardens making in the arrival area making it a more environment-friendly airport. They also have a pick-up zone for ride share such as Uber and Lyft.

For the departure part of HNL airport, I was dropped by at Terminal 1 since I am still flying via Hawaiian Airlines. The departure area was congested. But kudos to the employees of the airport for helping out travelers to get their boarding passes for their flights. They also have this ginormous flight board.

After I was done with TSA check, I went to the boarding area. As what most of the airports have, Honolulu International Airport has stores and fastfood chain for the traveling population. It was still not a surprise with holes on the ceilings. It was easy to navigate to get to my boarding gate since there were signages everywhere.

When we were in the plane and ready to takeoff, it took about 5 – 10 minutes to get to the tarmac. We passed a bridge just to get to the runway. That was my first time to see the runway on a separate island from the airport building. When we were on the air, the view outside my window was just mesmerizing.

As a summary, HNL airport is a decent airport but needs improvement. It really needs renovation and fixing. Honolulu is one of the best places to visit for tourists making the restoration of the airport a priority. We don’t want our travelers to have a negative comment about our airport even though they haven’t seen the beauty of O’ahu island.

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