Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has broken ground on the new $220m Mauka Concourse as part of the next phase of the modernisation plan of Daniel K Inouye International Airport, also known as Honolulu International Airport.
The new concourse will deliver additional gate capacity capable of handling larger aircraft and 260,000ft² of environmentally friendly space.
Governor David Ige said: “I’m thrilled to get underway with construction of a new concourse at the state’s busiest airport. In two and a half years, we will deliver a beautiful new facility to the residents of our state and the visitors who come to Hawaii from around the world.”
Located on the Ewa side of the airport, the two-level Mauka Concourse will connect with Terminal 1 (the current Interisland Terminal).
The LEED Silver Certified facility will be able to accommodate 11 narrow body aircraft or six wide body aircraft.
The second level departure area will consist of a new air-conditioned Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint with six lanes to quickly screen passengers.
The concourse will also feature a connecting walkway to Terminal 1, passenger holdrooms and boarding areas, restrooms, information kiosks and agricultural screening for domestic departures.
A new Ramp Control Office will be constructed and the gate management, flight management and fire alarm systems will be connected to the existing State Ramp Control Office.
HDOT will continue its partnership with airport concessionaires to include amenities such as retail and restaurant concessions in the new concourse.
Work is underway on airfield and utility infrastructure to allow wide body aircraft access to the new gates. Ramp-level areas will include spaces for tenant offices, ground vehicle access, baggage handling, storage, and common areas for waste recycling.
A pre-arranged ground transportation area will be constructed to accommodate passenger transportation needs.
The Commuter Terminal building and annex, including the ground-level parking Lot B and terminal roadways, will be demolished to make room for the new Mauka Concourse.
Public parking in parking Lot B will be discontinued on 1 June 2018.
Construction on the Mauka Concourse is expected to be completed and delivered by the end of 2020.