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Guide to Connecting thru Honolulu Airport (HNL) & Hawai‘i Airports (Updated 2/15/09)

(4) Tips for those departing out of HNL where HNL is the point of departure

This thread cannot be all about connecting through HNL when so many of our flyers have HNL as their final destination. Here are a few tips/pointers for when you depart out of HNL.

Please use this Terminal Map of Honolulu International Airport to follow along.

1. If you are returning your car, follow the signs to the rental car return. If you are returning your car to Budget, National, Hertz, or Dollar, please note that you do not have to catch the shuttle bus to return to the main terminal, especially if you are flying Alaska, United, Delta, American or Southwest. Simply reverse the directions listed in the "What you should know about renting a car at HNL" section below to get from the rental car stations to the baggage claim, and then take the escalators to ticketing.

2. All luggage you wish to check must first proceed through the agricultural screening stations, located closest to the curb. Please note that this is not a security screening station. Our USDA officials are screening these bags for fresh fruits, animals, and plants, most of which are not allowed back to the US Mainland. If you will be checking luggage, you must (yourself) send your bags through these stations. Note - All luggage, checked and carry-on, for Southwest Airlines flights must undergo this check.

3. On busy departure days, many of the airlines lines baggage check lines are long. Please calculate this into your schedule. Flight departures on the weekend are usually the busiest time to travel out of HNL.

4. There are currently three security checkpoints in operation at most times at the domestic terminal of HNL. The interisland terminal has two security checkpoints; additional ones at the interisland terminal are open when necessary. Since there are three security checkpoints, if one has a long line, you might consider checking the other two. All three are within a short 1-2 minute walking distance away from one other security checkpoint. If you are seated in First Class on United, Delta, or American, ask the agent checking you in for a "Gold Lane" stamp on your boarding pass. HNL does not have dedicated elite/First Class security lanes, but the "Gold Lane" stamp will allow you to cut most of the line when the lines are long.

5. Once through security, the garden area (during the day) is a nice place to relax prior to your flight. Please scroll down for more pictures. Please note that beginning November 2006, there will be no smoking allowed from the curb to gate. This policy will affect all of Hawaii's airports.

6. Please note that concessions and sundry stores at HNL are more expensive than stores at US Mainland Airports. If you need something for your flight, it is highly advised that you purchase it prior to arriving at the airport.

7. HNL sells pineapples airside if you need to purchase them at a ridiculous price.

(4) Non-Stop Flights to/from Hawai‘i

Please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list. The airline industry is constantly changing their routes. If you notice something that might be missing, please let me know via Private Message. Flyertalk, nor I, am responsible for any errors that may be contained in this list.

Flights to/from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport - Honolulu, O‘ahu (HNL)

Flights to/from Mainland to Kahului, Maui (OGG):

Flights to/from Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i (LIH):

Flights to/from Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i (KOA):

Flights to/from Hilo, Hawai‘i (KOA):

Last edited by FlyinHawaiian; Jul 14, 19 at 7:17 pm Reason: updated as of July 2019
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