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The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) this week opened the new $270 million Mauka Concourse at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) after three years of construction.

The 230,000-square-foot two-story Mauka Concourse is an extension of HNL’s Terminal 1 and includes the capability for six wide-body or 11 narrow-body gates, a new security checkpoint with capacity for up to six lanes and eco-friendly design elements such as skylights and windows to make the best use of natural light. The concourse eco-shaft design also provides structural framing for the building, eliminating the need for interior walls.

Construction began on June 1, 2018 and was financed by bond sales and passenger facility charges, with no taxpayer funds used for the project.

The opening of the Mauka Concourse comes as Hawaii Governor David Ige has called for residents and visitors to limit travel to essential business activity due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

“As we continue to face the challenges of the pandemic, we are pleased to open the Mauka Concourse to improve efficiency at HNL,” Gov. Ige said at the concourse dedication ceremony. “The extension of Terminal 1 will provide significant crowd relief during the mid-day peak period and allow our air transportation system to meet the needs of our residents and visitors safely and smoothly.”