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$2.7 billion renovations drag on Honolulu airport

HONOLULU – A $2.7 billion modernization project at the Honolulu airport has been around for years and shows no signs of wrapping up soon.

The Honolulu International Airport officials said the renovations are about two-thirds complete in terms of time, though they are only about halfway through with the construction work, Hawaii News Now reported (http://bit.ly/2nvGXyI ). Officials predicted another four to five years of work.

The Ministry of Transport said that the project is on time and on budget.

However, some companies are still complaining about the construction.

The slow pace of the project is not normal and not good for business, according to the Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley.

“Other communities have found ways to update its infrastructure in a fraction of the time,” he told Pacific Business News.

DOT officials said they realize Dunkerley and others are frustrated, but that is a lot of work has actually been completed.

“We understand that perspective, and that is actually one of the reasons why we support the legislation going through the state Capitol to call for an Airport Corporation — in fact, take the State Airport System out of the hands of the state,” said Tim Sakahara, DOT director of communications. “Now, what would that do? It could actually be a stand-alone board and body in order to make those repairs and projects more efficiently.”

DOT officials said that it should be done by the end of 2020.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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