This was the scene today at baggage claim. Staff told me it’s never been this empty since the airport opened in 1952.
Staff also said that they’ve sanitized everything so many times that the airport is probably more sterile than an operating room!
As of yesterday, April 1, not only are visitors and returning residents subject to a 14-day quarantine, but inter-island travelers are also subject to mandatory quarantine, too.
There’s only a handful of flights arriving daily, and almost all of them are air cargo. Here’s a flight tracker that’ll show you what’s going on:
The History of Kahului Airport
Kahului Airport (OGG) is a regional airport in the state of Hawaii located east of Kahului in Maui County, on the island of Maui near Haleakala.
It has offered full airport operations since 1952. Most flights into Kahului Airport originate from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu; the Honolulu–Kahului corridor is one of the heaviest-trafficked air routes in the US, ranking 13th in 2004 with 1,632,000 passengers.
The IATA airport code OGG pays homage to aviation pioneer Bertram J. “Jimmy” Hogg, a Kauai native and aviation pioneer who worked for what is now Hawaiian Airlines, flying aircraft ranging from eight-passenger Sikorsky S-38 amphibians to Douglas DC-3s and DC-9s into the late 1960s.
It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a medium-hub primary commercial service facility.
My husband and I are both working from home, and glad that we’re among the few people that still have jobs on Maui. Here’s how we’re passing the time: