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.
The new half-mile access road connects Hana Highway to Lanui Loop.
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 - currently served by Hawaiian Airlines (tel. 800-367-5320) and United Airlines (tel. 800-864-8331). For Terminal details at this site open ‘Terminal Map’ and scroll down to the text; for Parking details, open ‘Parking Map’, for ground transportation open ‘Ground Transportation: /Buses & Trains.
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. Also on the agenda: The parking lot is to have 800 more stalls; replacing /upgrading security access control & adding aClosed Circuit TV systems.
Furthermore, in June 2017 it was announced that Hilo will received a $4.4 million funding for drainage improvements (necessary to eliminate airfield ponding along the north & south shoulders of Runway 8/26).