Welcome to HNL
Hawaii has a long and proud aviation history that dates back to 1910 when the first manned flight occurred a mile north of the present Honolulu International Airport. Our airport has grown from a 2,050-foot coral runway to a large hub international airport that currently serves international, domestic, interisland, commuter, general aviation, private, and military aircraft.
We celebrated our eighty-third anniversary in 2010. Our vision hasn’t changed from that of our forefathers. We still strive to be the world’s best airport and share the Aloha Spirit with all who travel through our portals. Early visionaries marketed Honolulu as the Crossroads of the Pacific, a status we have earned and treasured over the past eight decades.
Commercial interisland passenger service was inaugurated by Inter-Island Airways (now Hawaiian Airlines) in 1929. The first commercial trans-Pacific flight was inaugurated by Pan American World Airways in 1935 and Honolulu International has been the Gateway between Asia and the Pacific and the Continental United States ever since.
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is owned and operated by the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation Airports Division. The airport is managed by a staff of professionals who are well trained and dedicated to serving the traveling needs of Hawaii residents and visitors. We are assisted by our airline partners, concessionaires, tenants and employees who embrace our vision and share their Aloha with the more than 20 million passengers who pass through our gates each year.
We have a number of challenges in the coming years to modernize our aging facilities and meet the challenges of air travel in the Twenty-First Century. With our professional and hard working staff we will meet those challenges head on and continue the great legacy of our early aviators who made Honolulu the Crossroads of the Pacific.
ROY K. SAKATA
Acting Oahu District Manager
State of Hawaii