HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Department of Transportation is proposing a
$4.50 per person departure fee for passengers flying from Honolulu
airport for mainland destinations to make up for losses from
landing fees, airport concessions and increased security costs.
From Sept. 18 of last year through April 1, the state lifted
landing fees for airlines as an incentive to keep Hawaii air routes
intact following a tourism downturn after the Sept. 11 terrorist
That move resulted in lost revenue for the airports budget,
according to a spokeswoman for the state DOT. Additionally, she
said, a decline tourist visits to the islands in the last eight
months has cut concession fee revenues at the airport, too.
The department currently is writing administrative rules for
public hearings on the fee and hopes to have it in place by next
year, according to the spokeswoman.