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Airport construction causing confusion for holiday travelers

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year and construction at the Honolulu International Airport is causing mass confusion for holiday travelers.

"There was no parking. I had to go all the way to the top. It was kind of confusing with all the construction and everything going on," said Tierra Fethal.

"I actually had to U-turn because I took the wrong way and I thought one way was going this way and another way was going that way but actually I found a way to go. I mean the construction is kinda hard here now days," John Ross Robles said.

Crews are building a new consolidated rental car facility in the area that used to be an overflow parking lot. Now it is being transformed into a one-stop shop for rental cars, aiming to expedite the travel experience.

But in the meantime, stalls in the Overseas Parking Structure (or Lot D) are limited.

The ground level access is closed and floors two to four on the Diamond Head (east) side of the structure are also inaccessible. The 5th floor is reserved for employees. So travelers are asked to use the International Parking Structure (or Lot A) instead. But that lot is filling up as people travel to the mainland for the holiday.

"It was kind of heavy. It was more than I expected because it's the Thanksgiving holiday and it took me about 10 minutes just to find one parking," said Robles.

Construction at the airport isn't new and there has been limited parking because of it since July. But with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, travelers are getting mixed up.

"I did have to drive around in the lot for awhile, so I don't know if I was in the wrong…I don't know. But I didn't know there was a lot closed down," Molly Berman said.

The International Parking Structure is farther away from the main terminal so travelers are reminded to allow for additional walking time to the ticket lobbies.

The lot will be back open when the new rental car facility is expected to be done in July of 2018.

Hawaii News Now reached out to the state's Department of Transportation for an interview, they were not available.

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