Honolulu International is the premier international gateway for air freight activity between the United States and Pacific Rim countries. As long-haul aircraft have entered the cargo market, new international routes have materialized and air cargo accommodated at HNL has grown.
To complement its advantageous geographic location for air cargo transshipment, the airport is continually working to expedite air cargo processing on the ground with new and expanded loading, unloading and warehousing facilities.
HNL has more than 450,000 square feet of warehouse space and more than one million square feet of cargo ramp area.
Cargo facilities at Honolulu International Airport are located at five different sites in the airport complex. There are nine cargo terminal buildings. The cargo terminals belong to Federal Express, Hawaiian Airlines, Kallita/Pacific Air Cargo, United Airlines, and United Parcel Service. The State owns the cargo buildings operated by Continental/Japan Air Lines and Delta/American Airlines. The cargo terminals are operated by the airlines.
Although Hawaii is heavily dependent on air cargo to service its own consumption and production needs, most air cargo is in transit, using the island as an intercontinental transfer point. Japan is the largest foreign air cargo destination.