Renovations at Honolulu International Airport get ready for second phaseUPDATED 10:47 PM HST Apr 11, 2014Video Transcript
Hawaii airport edition... That's one way to summarize the vast changes happening at Honolulu International Airport. KITV4's Brenton Awa has the details. 25 The finishing touches are finally being put on at Aloha Air Cargo's new facility at Honolulu International Airport ... and phase one of the states nearly 750-million dollar airport renovation project is nearly done. Aloha Air Cargo began operations back in 1984 and the facility it's been using over those 30-years was supposed to be temporary... 810 "IT NEVER HAPPENED OF COURSE AND WE'VE BEEN PATIENTLY AWAITING, ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE CREATION OF OUR NEW FACILITY." The company will have a busy weekend, with plans to move by Sunday and get back to serving its customers. ...Delivering everything from bread to cars. And this go around should be much more efficient... These out dated -- out door -- refrigerated containers will be replaced by a 66-thousand cubic foot cooling center. 903 "THERE WAS A LOT OF OPEN AIR, NOT AS MUCH COVER FOR THE FREIGHT SO IF IT RAINED THERE'S A SCRAMBLE, YOU PUT IT UNDER COVER IF AND WHERE YOU CAN." The company also added a route to Las Vegas in it's first step on getting back into the mainland market. It's also upgrading its fleet. 1250 "IT'S A LITTLE CHAOTIC HERE BUT WE'RE DEFINITELY READY TO RECEIVE OUR CUSTOMERS." Construction is already underway for the next phase: Hawaiian Airlines is building its new hangar -- along with a 700 stall parking lot. And the old Aloha Air Cargo buildings soon will be LEVELED -- and cleared for an expanded taxiway at the airport. This isn't the only construction happening at the airport. A separate 150-million dollar project to make Honolulu International energy efficient is also underway. The contractor for the state is installing solar panels -- changing lights to LED and upgrading the entire air conditioning system.