Old May 13, 17, 8:14 am
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: HNL
Programs: DL GM, AA Gold
Posts: 286
I have been to PPG a couple of times and you must clear customs and immigration upon return to HNL, as American Samoa is a separate customs/immigration territory from the 50 states. I don't recall there being other international flights coming into HNL that early in the morning, but I have GE so didn't really notice the length of the regular lines. I think some of the Asian arrivals come in around that time or soon afterwards. Trying to make a one hour connection on your return would be risky. You might get by with it if you have GE and don't have the bad luck of getting selected for secondary inspection.

Otherwise, you will check-in at HNL in the interisland terminal, there is typically a separate counter for the PPG flight to the left of security while the interisland check-in is to the right. Then you clear security at interisland, most likely followed by an airside walk over to the Overseas Terminal (passing through the USDA checkpoint for your carry-on luggage along the way). Or you can take the WikiWiki bus, but it's really not that far of a walk.

Good luck with your PPG trip - my two trips there have had 41 hour and 18 hour delays on the return flights - one due to mechanical problems (turned around 2.5 hours out of PPG and returned) and the other due to bird strikes during landing of the inbound flight. Both times they had to fly a relief aircraft down to PPG to get us back to HNL.

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