Honolulu International Airport
Hawaii’s capital city is also its most populated, with over 400,000 people calling this island paradise home. Honolulu truly is the Crossroads of the Pacific, and is the main gateway for U.S. domestic and international tourists visiting the state. Located on Oahu, Sheltered Bay (the literal Hawaiian translation) is a major financial zone in the region and has notable historical significance. It is where Pearl Harbor is located and a number of other U.S. military (mostly naval) operations are held.
Flights to Honolulu International Airport
Honolulu International is the main airport for both Honolulu city and county, as well as the state of Hawaii as a whole. With a growing annual passenger count of 21+ million, it is no surprise that it is one of the busiest in the country. For obvious reasons, Honolulu International is a prime flight zone for Hawaiian Airlines and the now-obsolete Aloha Airlines. It offers a wide array of flights to the continental U.S., as well as South Korea, Japan, Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand.
The airport is currently halfway through a massive modernization program (which is costing the state $1.7 billion to implement). Improvements are intended to enhance security, improve operational efficiency, and provide better services to multi-million per year passenger base. Domestic tourists can book flights to Honolulu through United, Delta, American Airlines, US Airways, Island Air, and Alaska Airlines. International travelers can choose from Korean Air, ANA, Air China, Qantas, and Fiji Airways.
What to Do in Honolulu
No trip to Hawaii is complete without some beachside fun. Waikiki has been around since the early nineteenth century, and is just as exciting today as it was back then. Sunset Beach boasts some of the toughest waves during the winter months, posing a challenge for amateur and seasoned surfers alike. A daytrip to the Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial should be in order, as well.
Advice for Tourists Visiting Honolulu
Weekly car rentals are far cheaper than using the city’s taxi system (the average trip cost from Honolulu International to Waikiki is about $35). Take advantage of the free events while you can to save your cash. Popular attractions include free movies on the beach, hula shows, and a signed historical walkthrough of the area. Meals are expensive at the upscale restaurants, so stick to the local food hot spots instead.
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