Airport modernization improvement projects utilizes public private partnership

By Berry Craig IV
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division is proud to be working on a P3 partnership with DFS and global restaurateur HMSHost. More than $69 million worth of improvements are underway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). These improvements are designed to add more retail and restaurant space and enhance the overall customer/passenger experience.

Construction began in 2016 and included nearly $30 million in improvements to the Central Concourse and more than $39 million in total tenant improvements throughout the airport. The renovation project was themed around the Hawaiian value of hospitality, Hookipa, with the goal of providing travelers a pleasant journey that embodies the Spirit of Aloha. More than 17,600 square feet of retail space was added and improved access and upgrades were made to the Japanese and Chinese Cultural Gardens.

“This public-private partnership is a win for both sides because the State of Hawaii and taxpayers didn’t pay for the improvements. HMSHost and DFS were able to add more space while generating more revenue for the State,” said Governor David Y. Ige. “We thank HMSHost and DFS for funding the renovations and upgrades and their commitment to better serving the needs of our residents and the growing number of travelers to Hawaii.”

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