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NOV 2018

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November 2018 airportbusiness 25 COVER STORY out to the gardens allowing travelers a full view of the facilities, which they can also access prior to their flight. The additional space also allowed the airport a space to display local art to passengers. Higashi said HMSHost invested $70 million into the airport and built out a 30-foot cantilever facing the gardens so more stores could be added to the interior facing part of the terminal. The airport also worked with the concessionaire to build an air conditioned security checkpoint. “We extended their agreements by seven to 10 years and in turn they’ve invested in our airport,” Higashi said. “About $30 million was for the cantilever, the checkpoint and the revitalized gardens. The other $40 million they put into renovating their shops as well to generate more revenue.” Part of the terminal is set up to look like Waikiki, with higher end retail shops, which are favorites of international travelers. “For a lot of the Asian travelers, their tradition is to take something back,” Higashi said. “This is their last opportunity to take something back if they didn’t get it already.” Alessi said HMSHost’s goal was focused on bringing in authentic local food and working with community partners to create a Hawaiian experience within the terminal. “We really wanted to focus that with the governor’s goals of creating more of an authentic Hawaiian experience,” he said. “Our focus was on delivering that, investing in locally sourced products, local flavors and concepts tied to those.” Live musicians are also present to give incoming travelers their first taste of Hawaiian culture. “Sometimes we even have hula dancers out here,” Higashi said. HDOT also signed a recent agreement with Clear Channel to provide advertising space in the terminal as well. “For the longest time we didn’t want advertising. We wanted to keep it simple, we wanted to keep it a place of relaxation without all the hustle and bustle of what’s going on,” Higashi said. “As times have changed, attitudes have morphed and we’re trying to place it in tastefully.” Higashi said HNL is in the processes of modernizing all of its signage as well. The airport is building a new concourse, so all of the numbering for gates needs to be redone. Green commitment grows Higashi said HNL is continuing its commitment to energy savings projects at the airport. About $200 million was invested in energy saving equipment, such as photovoltaic systems on the roofs of the terminals, a conversion to LED lighting inside the terminal; and a new air conditioner system. “By investing $200 million we will save approximately $518 million over the next 20 years,” he said. “It’s a tremendous cost benefit.” Higashi said he’s always focused on financials, so the green initiatives are very positive for him to act on. “I could’ve waited another four years and probably gotten a better price for photovoltaic panels, but at the same time, I just lost four years of savings,” he said. HNL has an initiative to be 100 percent sustainable by 2045, so it’s continuing to explore projects like reclaiming water and different sources of energy to fuel rental car buses. Higashi said the airport is testing hydrogen fuel, compressed natural gas and electrified buses to see which proves to be the most reliable and efficient. In July, the airport announced it was installing 4,200 solar modules on its Terminal 1 parking garage. HNL: Getting A380 ready All Nippon Airways approached the airport a couple of years ago about the potential of handling an A380 aircraft, which carries about 520 passengers, compared to the current Boeing 787s, which carry about 250 passengers. HNL is preparing the terminal for the A380 and putting an additional space for a boarding bridge at the expected gate so it can be double loaded. ANA is also installing a business executive lounge at the airport. Eventually there will be three A380s coming into HNL per day within the next couple of years. Higashi said the economic impact of the additional passengers is more than $300 million annually. “We’ll have two gates for A380s,” Higashi said. “The first flight comes in March or April of 2019. “At some point in the next two years we will have three A380s coming into Hawaii, which is big for us.” Respite gardens at Honolulu were rehabbed by concessionaire partners and turned over to the airport. Photo: Joe Petrie/Airport Business

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