No traveler wants to be stuck waiting for a delayed flight. However, hours-long waits have plagued Hawaii in recent months.
According to administrators at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and Kahului Airport in Maui, travelers should plan for three hours between the arrival of their flight and their connecting flight.
In recent months, 15% of flights suffered delays. Between 2016 and 2021, only 7% to 8% of flights in and out of Hawaii experienced a delay.
Personnel issues account for most of the delays, airline industry analysts note. Scheduling difficulties account for a significant portion of the remaining delays.
Japan plans to restore direct flights to Hawaii soon, which can exacerbate flight delay problems. The increase in air traffic will affect the two main international airports of the Hawaiian Islands.
While delays are rampant on transcontinental and intercontinental flights to and from Hawaii, inter-island flights have also experienced higher-than-normal delays.
Travelers in Hawaii noted that long TSA lines affected their ability to get to the terminal on time for their flights. Midday and evening account for the longest TSA wait times.
Recent travelers suggest that visitors bring bottled water and something to do in case of delays.
Hawaii’s peak travel season begins in December and runs through March. The winter holiday season draws many visitors to the Hawaiian Islands.
Visitors also arrive in Hawaii for the annual whale watching, which takes place just before most colleges and universities take spring break. Surfers and beachgoers flock to Hawaii every March for their school break.