Honolulu, HI – OEP:PHNL

8-15-2015 PHNL
HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(4,220 acres) Honolulu, HI

Four Nearby Instrument Airports:

[PHJR] 8 W ; [PHMK] 47 E ; [PHLU] 53 E ;
[PHNY] 63 SE ;
(ave. distance: 43 nm)

Total Based Aircraft:234
(126 single-props, 47 multi-props)
(7 jets, 22 helicopters, 32 military aircraft)
Operations & ATC:
(est. 854 ops/day (76% commercial)
24hr FAA towerFAA staffing as of 9/20/14:96
FAA’s ATADS data shows Peak Year was 1992. Total airport operations in 2014 were DOWN 23% from the peak year.
Click on this button for links to background info: [PHNL]-REFERENCE
Additional buttons:NextGen-Noisesearch (aiR)OEP-35
AIRNAV Form 5010 WIKI NOAA (weather)
FlightAware.comFlightStats.comFlightRadar24.com

HNL ATADS data, 1991-2014:

Year Commercial Ops % Commercial TOTAL OPS Change from Peak Year
1991 261,437 65% 403,570 0%
1992 261,341 65% 403,708 PEAK YEAR
1993 239,701 67% 358,543 -11%
1994 249,682 69% 359,569 -11%
1995 269,929 72% 373,906 -7%
1996 266,016 71% 372,099 -8%
1997 247,056 69% 357,970 -11%
1998 223,821 66% 336,672 -17%
1999 234,626 68% 346,477 -14%
2000 237,938 69% 345,496 -14%
2001 223,676 68% 326,994 -19%
2002 223,812 69% 323,726 -20%
2003 211,036 69% 305,665 -24%
2004 232,580 73% 320,275 -21%
2005 249,212 75% 330,546 -18%
2006 247,805 78% 316,713 -22%
2007 246,565 80% 307,112 -24%
2008 221,970 79% 282,124 -30%
2009 216,909 79% 275,487 -32%
2010 202,524 76% 265,069 -34%
2011 206,446 78% 264,820 -34%
2012 219,402 79% 278,163 -31%
2013 224,549 78% 286,897 -29%
2014 236,856 76% 311,623 -23%

Aeronautical chart from VFRmap.com. (Click to open in a new window).

Scrollable aerial view at bing.com. (Click to open in a new window).


Airport Narrative (Overview & History)

The Honolulu International Airport opened in 1927 as John Rodgers Field, and has served for decades as a major airport, focused on serving the Hawaiian tourism industry. The airport shares its four runways with Hickam AFB, and is just southeast of Pearl Harbor. It occupies 4,220 acres, and has a parallel runway built out into Mamala Bay.
Roughly 171 civilian fixed-wing aircraft are based here, as well as 18 helicopters, and 32 military aircraft. ATC services are provided by FAA controllers.
Airport operations have steadily declined since at least 1990. There were 407K total operations in 1990, but 312K in 2014, a 23% decline. This averages out to 854 ops/day, or 16 takeoffs/ATC-hr, i.e., one takeoff every four minutes.
A $1.7B modernization plan was unveiled in 2006, focused almost entirely on buildings (terminals, cargo, parking, etc.).