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Large Honolulu Airport Closure To Wreak Havoc Into 2023

We have discovered our method to the reason for Hawaii flight delays which have been just about nonstop for the previous six months. And, sadly, the information is not nice.

Yesterday we heard from Hawaiian Airways with their tackle what’s going on, which was revealing and commenced our investigation. Right this moment we tried to succeed in the FAA however couldn’t accomplish that. We did, nevertheless, get in contact with the Hawaii DOT for airports and spoke with a retired business pilot good friend primarily based in Honolulu. This put up places all of what we discovered in a single place, so you understand how to plan your Hawaii flights.

There have been 339 further Hawaii flight delays on Wednesday and Thursday.

We hazard to guess what number of Hawaii flight delays there have been since this month began final spring, however the quantity could effectively exceed 30,000 flights at this level.

The FAA says solely that you just “ought to anticipate delays of quarter-hour or much less at Honolulu. Common Departure Delays: Visitors is experiencing gate maintain and taxi delays lasting quarter-hour or much less. Common Arrival Delays: Arrival site visitors is experiencing airborne delays of quarter-hour or much less.”

Despite what the FAA mentioned, nevertheless, quarter-hour does not current the scenario precisely, as now we have been delayed excess of quarter-hour on a number of events, which has additionally been reported by numerous readers in feedback. There’s a drawback with snowballing delays all through the day which is hammering flights, particularly the short-duration, rapid-turn, interisland flights.

Info from Hawaii DOT – Airports Administration workplace.

We reached out to the DOT airport supervisor’s workplace in the present day and inquired concerning the scope and period of the airport runway closure. We have been informed that the runway restore is a gigantic venture, and there’s no completion date but outlined when the airport’s major runway will reopen. Once we requested if it will proceed effectively into 2023, we have been informed it undoubtedly would.

We have now to surprise what DOT was pondering when deciding to do that work now. Would not it have been higher to do it when Hawaii journey was nonexistent throughout Covid?

Retired pilot John, a Beat of Hawaii good friend, had nice perception.

John mentioned the 8L runway closure is big for each Hawaiian Airways and for HNL airport and the opposite carriers. When how a lot of the airport’s whole runway capability was misplaced by the outage, he mentioned it truly requested represents greater than 50% due to how the terminal-adjacent runways together with 8L are utilized in tandem.

He, too, had heard that the runway could be down for a while, maybe a yr, and steered that if Hawaiian certainly alters their schedule, presumably pushing again all interisland flights by 10 minutes, which may tremendously scale back the backup. Mainland flights, which have a for much longer turnaround time, are much less adversely impacted by this example he mentioned.

We mentioned with John that Hawaiian runs about 3 times extra interisland flights than competitor Southwest, which speaks to how far more Hawaiian Air’s on-time flight efficiency is being impacted by the outage.

Hawaiian Airways responds to delays and HNL runway closure.

Hawaiian Airways consultant Alex DaSilva reported that “Latest delays have resulted from a mix of points, most notably (as you might have beforehand famous) the truth that runway 8L at our Honolulu hub has been closed for development since early October. The runway closure has led to longer gate-to-gate occasions for our neighbor island flights, particularly early within the day. These early delays have tended to cascade by way of the remainder of the day. We’re working to regulate our schedule going ahead to adapt to the influence of the runway closure and are working with our companions at DOT-A and Air Visitors Management on different measures to mitigate the influence to our friends. We take satisfaction in being punctual and we share our friends’ frustration at any time when a flight is delayed.”

Hawaiian additionally mentioned that whereas labor shortages had contributed to delays earlier, they since “have employed greater than 1,350 folks in 2022.

We subsequently reached out to Hawaiian to inquire as as to whether they’re commonly notifying friends of anticipated delays and can let you understand what they are saying. We weren’t informed about our most up-to-date flight delays, and lots of of you might have mentioned the identical factor.

Find out how to keep away from bother when touring to, from, or through connection to Honolulu Airport.

1. On the day of journey, verify FlightAware to see in case your flight is on time. Additionally, monitor the incoming flight and see if it is on time. To try this, use the”the place is my airplane” hyperlink on FlightAware.

2. Anticipate delays and be ready. For those who aren’t delayed, that is nice. Please tell us. We admire your suggestions. And if you’re delayed, tell us in order that it may be of assist to others.

3. Keep in mind that the meals scenario at HNL is dismal at greatest, which helped rank the airport on the very backside of airports within the US A number of airways that fly to and from Hawaii have bemoaned the unhappy state of Hawaii’s airports to us.

4. Commenter Carolann suggests including extra time when altering plans at HNL “I all the time attempt to have 2 hrs earlier than my mainland flight.”

Once we wrote concerning the new and disappointing Honolulu Airport Mauka Concourse, we famous and also you confirmed in feedback that there are just about no meals choices close by, and people you’ll be able to stroll to within the subsequent terminal over are terrible, and even then, these concessions principally all shut down by 5 pm.

Have you ever been encountering flight delays in your Hawaii travels?

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