The Hawaii Department of Transportation predicts a summer travel boom.
Preliminary visitor statistics show that an average of 20,906 passengers arrive daily, which is roughly 70 percent of the pre-COVID numbers. HDOT released a publication on Friday April 9th encouraging those planning to fly to or from Hawaii’s airports to prepare for a busy summer travel season.
Given the latest trends, HDOT advised departing travelers to follow the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tips such as: B. arrive more than two hours before departure and check baggage to save time at security checkpoints. The full TSA version can be found here.
HDOT expects a significant increase in passenger numbers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport, Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole, Hilo International Airport and Lῑhu’e Airport in the summer. Travelers are encouraged to plan and prepare whether or not to travel through these airports, especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Travelers departing from HNL are also reminded that regardless of their airline or gate, they can use any of the available TSA checkpoints in HNL. If a checkpoint has a long line, it may be better to go to the next available checkpoint. A map of the nine TSA checkpoints at HNL can be found at this link.
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All travelers should visit HawaiiCovid19.com prior to their trip for the latest travel guides, including links to trusted travel and testing partners and information on what to expect during the post-arrival verification process at Hawaii airports. HDOT advises that using an airline participating in the Hawaii State’s PDDC (Pre-Departure Document Check) program can expedite this process. Participants in PDDC will be processed prior to flying to Hawaii.
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Airlines that voluntarily participate in PDDC can validate Safe Travels-approved COVID tests and travel and health forms, or assist travelers in completing quarantine papers. Once validated, a PDDC passenger can leave the airport after departure, subject to any requirements from the county. Travelers not participating in PDDC must have their Safe Travel documentation checked at Hawaii airports.
All travelers should note that there is a nationwide mask mandate according to which everyone aged five and over must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth in public. The mask mandate applies regardless of a person’s vaccination or COVID test status. Travelers should also be willing to wear face-covering on board their flights and should check with their air carrier for information on their COVID logs.
HDOT continues to offer hand sanitizer stations for use in airport terminals and encourages travelers to work together to create physical distance between themselves and others where possible. With everyone’s support and collaboration, airports can be kept safe and healthy.