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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 2:09 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Work to begin on $45 million Honolulu airport project

Advertiser Staff

Construction of a $45 million corridor for foreign arrivals on the third level of the 'ewa concourse at Honolulu International Airport will start this month, the governor's office said.

Gov. Linda Lingle released $8.5 million for the project this week, which will be coupled with $26.6 million in previously allotted state money. The federal government is pitching in $10 million for the project, scheduled to be completed in November 2008.

The air-conditioned corridor will connect gates 26 to 34 to the International Arrivals Building, and feature a moving sidewalk and surveillance cameras. The project will replace the Wiki-Wiki buses, which transport passengers to the arrivals building.

"As an important part of our 12-year, $2.3 billion airports modernization plan, this project will improve the level of service for international arrivals and create a positive first impression for travelers visiting our state," Lingle said in a news release.