A morning flight diversion on February 5 left Hawaiian Airlines’ passengers heading from Honolulu to Las Vegas right back where they had started. It was not their lucky day. They missed reaching the halfway mark to the mainland by just minutes, which would have guaranteed a landing somewhere closer to Las Vegas rather than returning.
The flight that diverted was on aircraft N383HA, a 12-year-old plane. Hat tip to Joe A. for letting us know about this morning’s diversion.
Hawaiian Airlines A330-200, departed Honolulu just 11 minutes late at 8:01 am. While it was due to arrive in Las Vegas at 3:35 pm, the plane landed back in Honolulu instead.
The flight was in the air for 2 hours before turning back, making the total flight duration 3 hours and 59 minutes. Subsequently, the flight was canceled and did not continue to Las Vegas. That meant the aircraft’s return flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu, HA5, was also canceled because it was using the same plane that diverted.
If you were on this morning’s flight or know the reason for the diversion, we’d appreciate hearing from you. And now, here’s more news from HNL if you’re flying in or out this week.
Repair at Honolulu Airport to temporarily close the runway.
In a press release, the Hawaii DOT said it will “temporarily close Runway 8R/26L at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on Wednesday, February 7, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for taxiway and runway repairs…The closure will allow crews to conduct landscaping along the runway and other work.”
To our knowledge, the work resulting in the closure was not previously planned or announced. DOT said operations would continue and that it had coordinated with airlines and others to minimize the impact of the closure.
Since the work is weather permitting, the impact could be felt at a different date and time than DOT has planned.
Other runway problems from two months ago.
It was just two months ago that the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) unexpectedly announced the diversion of all aircraft arriving and departing at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) from Runway 8L to Runway 26L due to the discovery of spalling on the former runway’s landing area. That redirection caused delays for interisland flights as capacity during peak hours was reduced.
The cause of that runway problem was linked to a recent repair on Runway 8L, completed from October 2022 to May 2023. It was stated that weather or other issues may have caused the early demise of the newly installed concrete.
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