Travelers Advised to Have Confirmed Tickets for Flights Before Heading to Airports
Flight cancellations announced earlier on Friday have resulted in travelers going to airports statewide to depart Hawaiʻi earlier than scheduled without having a confirmed ticket.
The Hawaiʻi State Department of Transportation and Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority are advising travelers to have confirmed tickets for flights scheduled that day before going to the airport. Customers wanting to make adjustments to their travel schedule should call their respective airlines to rebook flights first, then proceed to the airport.
For example, Kahului Airport is currently assisting roughly 60 travelers who came to the airport seeking to leave the island ahead of their regularly scheduled departures. “Unfortunately, with changes to the schedule of outgoing flights, those passengers will likely have to shelter in place at the airport overnight unless they can secure temporary lodging accommodations,” the HTA said.
Travelers whose flights have been cancelled and have not checked out of their accommodations, should continue to shelter in place, if possible, or consider seeking safety at the nearest emergency shelter.