Airports in Maui
There are three airports on the island of Maui.
OGG Kahului Airport is by far the largest Maui airport. It is the only airport you can use to fly between Maui and the mainland (the other 49 states of the U.S.) or to or from any other country. So this is the airport that you must fly into if you fly directly to Maui from anyplace outside of the Hawaiian islands. The airport code letters for this main airport in Kahului, Maui, are OGG. (Those initials honor a pilot named Bertram J. Hogg, who pioneered commercial passenger flights between the Hawaiian islands.) Full-size jet planes fly to Kahului from other U.S. states and other countries, but no jumbo jets (no 747s or similar) can fly in or out of this airport. Kahului Airport is in Kahului, the largest city on Maui. It is about a 45 minute drive from this airport to the main resort hotel and condo areas of Kaanapali, Kihei, and Wailea (a little shorter or longer depending on exactly where your hotel is located in those resort areas).
JHM West Maui Kapalua Airport is a small airport just north of Lahaina and Kaanapali, on the west side of Maui. Contrary to its name, it is not in Kapalua, but is a few miles south of Kapalua. It only accepts propeller planes (no jets), and does not have any flights in or out after dark. The code letters for this airport are JHM. (Those initials stand for John Henry Magoon, a pilot who was the president of Hawaiian Airlines when the Kapalua airport opened.) You can only fly between the Kapalua airport and the island of Oahu (Honolulu) or the Big Island of Hawaii. You can't fly to this airport from anyplace outside of the state of Hawaii. If you are stopping in Honolulu on your way to Maui, and if your hotel or condo is on the west side of Maui, then you can fly into the Kapalua Airport from Honolulu, and be much closer to your hotel or condo (5 to 15 minutes away), than if you had flown into the Kahului Airport. The main airline flying between Honolulu and Kapalua is Island Air. Most of their planes are 35-passenger 2-propeller Dash-8 aircraft.
Hana Airport is a tiny airport on the east side of Maui, three miles from the little town of Hana. Only small single-engine propeller planes fly in or out of this airport. The airport code letters are HNM, which stands for Hana Maui. Mokolele is a small airline that flies a few flights in and out of Hana on small propeller aircraft. You can only fly to Hana from the main Maui airport in Kahului, or sometimes from Honolulu.
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For information on flights between one Hawaiian island and another, click on Inter-Island flights.
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