Lingle frees $36.9M for major terminal expansion - Hawaii Business

The state is moving forward on its first major concourse expansion in 15 years as it seeks to bolster tourism and position Honolulu Airport as a world-class destination. Full Story
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Lani

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Dec 3, 2009
...and from the new terminal, visitors will be able take a $20 cab ride to Salt Lake to catch the train to Waikiki.
Not the queen

Honolulu, HI

#2 Dec 3, 2009
Don't give Lingle too much credit for "releasing" the money. It was appropriated by the legislature.
lulu2

Newark, NJ

#3 Dec 3, 2009
yeah, and spending millions of dollars on airport terminals is justified at this point in time----ya know, when the economy is down, teachers are out of work (no money to spare there...) and kids aren't learning anything on fridays.....-----sorry, but due to finances, I won't be using the new facilities any year soon-----i guess i'm crazy to want to live there some day, but i'm seriously re-thinking that.
Maverick

Honolulu, HI

#4 Dec 3, 2009
Its time for the corrupt DOT Airports Divison to get their annual kickbacks.
Ku Fat

Honolulu, HI

#6 Dec 3, 2009
Finally Linda Bungle.
reader

Aiea, HI

#7 Dec 3, 2009
Leave the commuter terminal alone. It's fine for the density of travel and a lower priority for improvement. Actually a lot of people like it the way it is.

Spend these bucks taking the United side of the main terminal out of the slums and make it as good as the other (Ewa) side. If you are looking for impact on tourists, this is a better use of the money. Not to mention, it would improve the experience for taxpayers, who are footing much of this bill.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#8 Dec 3, 2009
Hawaii does not need an expanded airport..this is a minor thrid world country
ESP-AIRPORT

Aiea, HI

#9 Dec 3, 2009
The Honolulu Airport has always been World Class. Wonder how much monies the governor can free? What happened to our unbalanced budget???
No more

Brookhaven, PA

#10 Dec 3, 2009
Hawaii should stop all urban growth and return to a natural paradise. No more concrete!
Good First Impressions

Honolulu, HI

#11 Dec 3, 2009
reader wrote:
Leave the commuter terminal alone. It's fine for the density of travel and a lower priority for improvement. Actually a lot of people like it the way it is.
Spend these bucks taking the United side of the main terminal out of the slums and make it as good as the other (Ewa) side. If you are looking for impact on tourists, this is a better use of the money. Not to mention, it would improve the experience for taxpayers, who are footing much of this bill.
Actually, the commuter terminal is way underutilized and the state collects way less in usage fees there versus terminal 2. The renovation actually allows higher usage which means more taxes and opens up space for growth at the Ewa terminal.

The "United Side" is part of the future renovation plan as well but that improvement doesn't deliver as much in the way of efficiencies that the T2 renovation will so it was is probably planned later downline.

Taxpayers arent directly footing the bill for this. The fees collected by the airport (landing, terminal use, etc.) paid by airlines are funding it. The airport is generally self-sustaining and in the black most years. In fact, i believe the airport fee surplus funds other social programs. Best make sure that it's presentable since it's one of the few moneymakers in the state.
Pat

Honolulu, HI

#12 Dec 3, 2009
I object to this waste of money!
Truth Hurts

Honolulu, HI

#13 Dec 3, 2009
That is 7 Furlough Fridays that could have been restored as less flights arrive in Honolulu. Impeachment please. :)
ainokea4u

Kailua, HI

#14 Dec 3, 2009
that's how government works... 2006? almost 4 years ago and now starting the project??? how much is being held back that we don't know about?

what about the furloughs? do they not take precedence over construction that was not yet started?

why is there a need to build an extension to the terminal in a down economy when we have less travelers and tourists?

where's the logic Linda??? maybe leaving your mark before you leave office??? LOL
The Truth

Honolulu, HI

#15 Dec 3, 2009
What $36.9 Million? I thought we were broke! I mean, isn't that why teachers, state and county workers and professors are having to take furlough days and paycuts? So what magical fantasy land did she dig this money out of?
agile

Pearl City, HI

#16 Dec 3, 2009
lulu2 wrote:
yeah, and spending millions of dollars on airport terminals is justified at this point in time----ya know, when the economy is down, teachers are out of work (no money to spare there...) and kids aren't learning anything on fridays.....-----sorry, but due to finances, I won't be using the new facilities any year soon-----i guess i'm crazy to want to live there some day, but i'm seriously re-thinking that.
My thought exactly. We literally have a crisis in education in trying to resolve Furlough Fridays, attacting national attention to the point where the U.S. Secretary of Ed. got involved and sent an assistant here to try and resolve, but we have millions to expand the airport? Where's the emergency?? Are planes not able to land or take-off??
Johnson

Honolulu, HI

#18 Dec 3, 2009
Great. We'll expand the airport to bring in more people, who can get in their rental cars and then go sit, unmoving, in traffic with the rest of us. I can't wait!
u a losah

Belmont, CA

#19 Dec 3, 2009
united airlines should be banished from the islands and 'the united side' should become a receiving facility with showers, slippers, map to parks and beaches, for all the arriving one-way ticket homeless people.
go equals no aloha

Vancouver, WA

#21 Dec 3, 2009
Go! is the pot calling the kettle black. How arrogate for go! to say anything about fairness.
It's not that go!, ornstein, or his alter-eGo! Skellton give a rats ass about anyone in Hawaii, if they where so concerned about Hawaii's children then maybe they shouldn't have broken the law and put many of Hawaii's children parents on the street.
Who was here for 70 and 80 years? Aloha and Hawaiian, go! will be gone when Mesa can find better uses for his planes.
I would much rather fly Island Air or Hawaiian then give Mesa $1 of my unemployement check that he so nicely helped me get.

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#22 Dec 3, 2009
The Truth wrote:
What $36.9 Million? I thought we were broke! I mean, isn't that why teachers, state and county workers and professors are having to take furlough days and paycuts? So what magical fantasy land did she dig this money out of?
As was stated in the article, these are Airport Special use funds. They are not part of the general fund nor will general fund monies be utilized to pay the bonds off. Thus, the partial stimulation of Hawaii's economy will be done utilizing funds that can never be utilized to pay for any general fund activity (such as welfare, unemployment, health care, schools, etc.) So, either Airports spends the money and the construction industry has a few more jobs to hand around (and the contractors have some more money to contribute to the politicians) or no money is spent and everyone sits at home wondering if they can find a job before their unemployment benefits expire.
Ha Ha

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#23 Dec 3, 2009
I don't know where this money comes from...someone said it's not tax payer's money.

I look at it this way...if it's coming from the government then somehow the tax payers are going to be involved.

We spend more money in the HOPES that it'll bring in more money - where's the rationale in that? In this time wouldn't it be safer to cut out all unnecessary items, pay our bills off and tighten the belts until the crisis is over? Shouldn't we be using the money for emergency related items?

Sure, the airport is one of the very first things the tourists will see and I'm sure if the airport looks bad it could leave a bad first impression. But the airport isn't where the tourist will be staying - it's the hotel. The long-term experience of what is here in Hawaii (e.g., luaus, shopping, beaches, the weather, etc.) is what tourists are looking for.

We need to lower taxes, stop spending to expand, acquire a bit of profit (to pay your debts off) and stop focusing on trying to hit the big time (at least for now) until we get past all of this.

With all the financial experts talking about how to weather the crisis and pay your bills off you would figure the government would be listening...but they're not...somehow they are exempt.

Instead we're stuck with people at the top making wrong decisions and having the little people pay for it. What is it with management's mentality these days? Why aren't the decision makers being forced to pay the price when they make bad decisions? Why aren't the politicians listening to the people when they've told us time and time again that they represent me?

They don't represent me. I don't want an expansion to the airport. I don't want the rail system...I want these politicians to stop going to these faraway trips and use technology the way it was meant to be used (video conferencing), stop trying to leave your "legacy" in these islands, listen to the tax payers and the voters and thinking that you know what is best.

Every decision they make should be put to the vote by the tax payers since it is OUR money they are foolishly spending.

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