Honolulu Airport’s first runway reopens after major renovations

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The longest runway at Honolulu Airport will open this weekend.

Flight 8L has been closed since October for maintenance and repair work.

The project involved the construction of a 1,000-foot section of cement at the runway threshold.

Runway safety features such as side lights and navigation equipment were also added.

“Runway safety is a top priority for our airports,” said state Transportation Director Ed Sniffen.

“When you have an aircraft that weighs hundreds of tons and carries hundreds of people, it’s important that they have a good landing surface. We appreciate the patience of travelers and airlines with reduced capacity.”

When 8L was closed, all aircraft were to arrive on runway 4R.

When 8L reopens, a nighttime shutdown is still required to complete the update.

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