State puts $2 Million in airport improvements out to bid

HONOLULU - (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three state improvement projects with an estimated total budget of $2 million will go out to bid and awarded in April for work at the International Arrivals Building at Honolulu International Airport.

All of the projects are planned to meet the needs of visitors and tour operators that use the airport. The state will see the additional benefit of having the projects completed in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Week in November.

"These projects are part of the state's long-term plans to improve Honolulu International Airport," said Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who is also a member of the APEC 2011 Hawai'i Host Committee. "The IAB improvements were developed in response to input from tour operators on how to make the arrival experience more enjoyable for international visitors. Considering the important role that Japanese visitors play in our economy, and the growing importance of visitors from Korea and China, it was clear that these projects needed to be an important priority for Hawai'i."

"We appreciate the state DOT's efforts and flexibility in scheduling these planned improvements in time for APEC in November," said Peter Ho, chair of the APEC 2011 Hawai'i Host Committee. "APEC will focus worldwide attention on Hawai'i, and these are the types of activities that will help ensure that Hawai'i puts on its best face, not only for the APEC attendees, but for all visitors and residents for many years to come."

The three projects are:

· Replacement of the canopy on the 'Ewa side of the airport with a budget estimate of $400,000. This area is used for group tours and is envisioned as a receiving area for APEC groups as well.

· Replacement of flooring on the baggage level of the airport with a budget estimate of $950,000.

· Repair and maintenance work for the IAB including lighting for both levels, a new ceiling in the area prior to entering the airport from the third level escalator, the new rock garden area, improvements to the walkway from Gates 24-25, adding two Flight Information Display boards and improved signage in the baggage claim. The estimated budget for the third project is $650,000.

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