Hilo International Airport ITO
serves the Island of Hawaii - also referred to as the "Big Island" - the least populated and the largest island in the Hawaiian island chain, whose main attraction is the Kilauea Volcano and its pristine beaches.
ITO Airport is within walking distance of the town of Hilo - on the Big Island's rainy eastern shore. To get to the Airport use Highway 11 (Hawaii Belt Road/ Kanoelehua Avenue) from either the North or South; turn east onto Airport Road (Kekuanaoa Street) and drive east about two miles. Note that
there is no public shuttle available to downtown Hilo.
NOTE: The new half-mile access road opened July 2016 - connecting Hana Highway to Lanui Loop - and relieving traffic congestion on Dairy Road.
With an estimated yearly passenger count of 1.3 million, Hilo Internatiol Airport is served by inter-island airlines Go! and Island Air, as well as by Hawaiian Airlines. Hilo Airport also serves as a general aviation airport.
In July 2016 a new Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Station opened with the latest equipment.
Hilo International Airport has one passenger terminal.
If you are picking up a passenger at the Airport, use the free Cell Phone Lot for up to one hour . Stay with your car until your party has called you to be picked up at the curb.
Present and future Airport Developments:
To modernize the Airport, some maintenance & improvement projects will make the airport more energy efficient and add to passenger comfort. While a number of projects have already been competed, current projects are unrelated to the passenger terminal.
In the future, the parking lot is to get another 800 stalls, replace /improve security access control & Closed Circuit TV systems.