Hilo ITO Airport Overview
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 1.3 million passengers per year, 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.