CompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1335 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2966 times:
In the Diamond Head Concourse of HNL, there's an escalator leading to a second level within the gates normally utilized by United. The only thing upstairs is a RCC and a handful of seats by the windows. For the last few years I've pondered what this space was intended for (speculating it was intended to relieve congestion during HNL's hay day as a Pacific gateway) and have asked around only to be told 'it was never much of anything.' Obviously I haven't accepted that and wonder if anybody else knows the answer .
Still a great spot to hang out while waiting for your flight!
Here's a picture from airchive.com:
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Je89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2899 times:
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I believe they use that for international arrivals, like the Ewa concourse. Passengers will get herded up the escalators or stairs to catch the Wiki Wiki Bus which will then take them to customs/immigration. Domestic arrival passengers just stay on the same level and walk out the same way as departing passengers. It is indeed a nice view to spot aircraft, but the windows are tinted if you are into aircraft photography.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2867 times:
I don't remember that area from when I was there last year. Or maybe I do - I remember having to walk around past the Burger King and other food outlets to get to the next gate (and along that open walkway).
I do remember that stuffy and noisy little bus though.
I also remember that open "hall" where United Airlines had its check-in desks, I couldn't believe how hot that was in there at 4:30am in the morning - I also couldn't believe there was nowhere to sit. It was the most miserable place to spend 7 hours standing.
Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3681 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2617 times:
Quoting Je89_w (Reply 1): I believe they use that for international arrivals, like the Ewa concourse. Passengers will get herded up the escalators or stairs to catch the Wiki Wiki Bus which will then take them to customs/immigration.
Correct, and it is the same on the Ewa Concourse. When there are no international flights, you can go up there.