Do you want to know where to fly into Maui? Part of planning your visit to Maui is getting here. For that, you’ll fly into Kahului Airport, the main airport on the Valley Isle. Sitting on 1391 acres, Kahului Airport is the only international airport in Maui. It’s the second-busiest airport in The Aloha State, serving an estimated 7,000 passengers every day, and 7 million every year.
Even though Maui’s biggest airport has the capacity for large numbers of passengers, plans are in place to expand the airport which will be completed in 2035. The goal is to make the airport on par with other international airports. This “master plan” includes expansions, new constructions, widening of roads and runways, and refurbishment of current facilities.
The city of Kahului is located on the northern coast of Maui. The airport is three miles (5 km) from the downtown area. Maui has two smaller airports, including one in Hana, but all commercial flights from the Mainland fly into Kahului.
Kahului Airport was originally Naval Air Station Kahului when the building began in 1942. Following WWII, the Navy turned the area over to the Hawaii Aeronautics Commission, and the airport became a commercial airline airport ten years later.
The airport code for Kahului Airport is OGG. It’s named after Bertram J. “Jimmy” Hogg, an aviation pioneer who was a native of Maui and previously worked for the company now called Hawaiian Airlines.
The top 10 domestic routes departing from Kahului Airport are:
• Los Angeles
• Portland (OR)
• San Francisco
• San Jose
Although the airport is a hub for Hawaiian Airlines, the airlines that fly into and out of Kahului Airport include:
• Air Canada
• Alaska Airlines
• American Airlines
• Delta Airlines
• Mokulele Express (commuter airline for the Islands)
• Southwest Airlines
• United Airlines
• Us Airways
• Virgin America
• West Jet
Check with your airline for specific flights, dates, and requirements.
How long does it take to get to Maui? when you fly into Maui, that depends on where in the mainland USA you fly from, and if you need to take connecting flights. But rest assured that wherever you fly from to get here, you’re in for a long-haul trip.
The shortest routes are from Southern California. The average direct flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Kahului Airport is between five and six hours but can be nine hours (or longer) if there’s a layover. You’ll cover roughly 2,500 miles in the process.
Should you decide to fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu, you’ll need to take a short commuter flight to Kahului airport. You can also take a ferry ride from the island of Lanai nearby.
The airlines that fly directly into Kahului have flights originating from many major cities as far east as Dallas. However, Hawaiian Airlines has nonstop flights originating from Boston to Maui.
Flying to Maui from New England is a longer trip. New England to the west coast is about 5 hours and California to Hawaii is another 5 hour flight. You may consider flying to the West Coast, staying overnight, and then heading to Maui from there.
Once you disembark from your plane ride into Kahului Airport, you’re ready to make the trip to Hana Kai Maui. You’ll need to get a taxi or rental car to make your way here, which will take roughly two hours.
Your Return Flight
Like the end of anything, you probably don’t want to think about your return flight home. It’s the end of your Maui visit! But given the volume of travelers in and out of Hawaii – we see more than 7 million passengers every year – it’s important to be prepared for your departure from the Valley Isle.
Of course, check with your airline to make sure your flight is on time, or if there is a delay. Maui’s sudden weather changes could see a flight delayed or canceled, and you’ll need to wait out the weather and make other arrangements.
Most domestic airlines advise arriving at least two hours prior to departure; for international flights, three is recommended. Check-in 24 hours ahead of time, either through the airline’s app or website. (Remember: we have Wi-Fi available.)
Make sure to build in rental car return time too. You’ll need an extra 30 minutes to finish that task and get to the terminal.
The Hana Kai Maui resort is about a two-hour drive from the airport, and you’ll need to check out before then. But the Road to Hana (and back) isn’t a freeway, and sudden weather could delay the drive. You may even leaving Hana the day before and staying near the airport the night before your flight to make sure you’re there on time.
Maui Trip Guide offers a complete primer on getting ready for your return trip through Kahului Airport. Now that Maui tourism is returning, the lines may be longer than the last time you visited.
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