This comes right on the heels of yesterday’s popular article Big Shift As Hawaii Tourism Boom Crushes Neighbor Islands +21%. The state says that visitors and residents traveling had better be prepared for the travel onslaught, as you see in the featured photo from Maui airport. We’re heeding the warning and suggest you take note.
The state is advising all travelers to arrive at all of Hawaii’s airports at least three hours before departure during peak travel times.
Hawaii DOT said, “anyone traveling out of Hawaii’s five major airports in Honolulu, Kahului, Lihue, Kona, or Hilo to arrive early, especially if travelling between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Long lines at security checkpoints have been observed at these airports and passenger volume over the Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends has equaled or exceeded pre-pandemic numbers.”
Like we said earlier in the week, Hawaii domestic traffic is running ahead of all prior records at all of the airports except for Honolulu. And that one isn’t far off the mark either.
While the current warning was timed primarily to admonish travelers about the upcoming July 4 weekend, it also is referring to conditions that’ll be prevailing the entire summer season.
Airlines will change ticket counter schedules to help ease the crunch.
DOT Director Jade Butay said that, “Major airlines have agreed to make sure ticket counters are open at least three hours before scheduled flights during the busy summer season.”
We’ve missed flights at Hawaii airports under much less crazy conditions.
Even before this busiest ever summer season started, we missed flights traveling out of Hawaii’s airports. While they are smaller, in many ways more charming, and can be fast to transit during good times, that isn’t always the case, and just isn’t true now.