Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan

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Emergency Contingency Plan
Excessive Tarmac Delay
June 02, 2022

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) has prepared the Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to the Airport District Manager at 808 836-6625 or 836-6462. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is a commercial airport.

HNL is operated by the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, Airports Division, who has appointed the Airports District Manager (ADM), Oahu District, to direct the airport.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Daniel K. Inouye International Airport will:

  • Provide for the deplanement of passengers;
  • Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and
  • Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

Airport Information:

Name of Airport: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Deborah T. Saito, Airside Operations Manager.
Preparer contact number: 808 836-6428
Preparer contact e-mail: [email protected]
Date of submission of plan: June 02, 2022
Airport Category: Large Hub

HNL operates as a Class I Airport with scheduled airline service, with a 24 hour, 7-day operation.

Contact Information:

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the Airport Duty Manager at 808 836-6434 or 808 836-6659 for assistance.

Provide the deplanement of passengers

1.     HNL has limited equipment and personnel needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft.  We will utilize this equipment to deplane passengers as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines at the contact number listed above.  We will also provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

2.     HNL’s Intra-Airport Transportation (Wiki Wiki buses) will provide passenger ground transportation movements, if required.

Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gates Available in an Emergency

1.     The gates at HNL are under common use gate agreements to air carriers and are controlled by the Airport.  We direct our common use air carrier users to make gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate to the maximum extent practicable.

2.     An air carrier declaring an “excessive tarmac delay” will be returned to any available gate at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, or available hard stand.

3.    The Overseas (Main) Terminal 2 is located on the south side of the main airport road and is comprised of the Diamond Head Concourse, Central Concourse, and Ewa Concourse.  The Overseas Terminal provides additional facilities, such as, airline ticket counters, baggage claim areas. restrooms, etc.  The Diamond Head Concourse is three-leveled to accept aircraft and consist of Gates G1 thru G6.  The Central Concourse consist of Gates E1 thru E10 with Gates F1, F2, D1, and D2 being designated as HNL’s frontal gates.  The Ewa Concourse consists of Gates C1 thru C9 and is three-leveled to furnish similar capabilities as the Diamond Head Concourse up to and including the A380 aircraft.  The Overseas Terminal has 29 wide-body gates.  Concessionaires are available and operate to coincide with airline schedules.

4.    The Interisland and Mauka Concourse in Terminal 1 is located on the West side of the airport, off the main airport road.  The terminal serves Hawaiian Airlines who fly interisland between Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island and to domestic and international destinations.  The Terminal has a total of 25 gates, Gates B1 thru B5 and A1 thru A20 that can accommodate the 717 aircraft.  The Terminal can also accommodate the A321 at 15 gates and the A330 at 9 gates.

Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared U.S. Customs and Border Protection

1.     HNL has defined sterile areas capable of accommodating limited numbers of international passengers.  We will coordinate with local CBP officials to develop procedures that will allow international passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection to be deplaned into these sterile areas to the extent practicable.

2.     Deplaned international passengers of an excessive tarmac delay will be isolated at one of the following gate holdrooms, Gates C1 through Gate C9 located within the Sterile Area and have direct access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection International Arrival Building.

Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan

The HNL Emergency Contingency Plan is to be distributed to all HNL assigned Air Carriers and Ground Service Agencies, and will be filed in the HNL Airport Certification Manual (ACM), Airport Emergency Plans. This plan will also be posted to the HNL Website, https://hawaii.gov/hnl for public viewing.

Plan Development and Maintenance

HNL Emergency Contingency Plan, dated June 02, 2022, is updated every 5 years and submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for review and approval.