Air conditioning at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, where flooding occurred at Terminal 1, was restored at 8 p.m. Thursday after a cooling line ruptured early that morning.
All hands were on deck, and staff went above and beyond to clean up the mess and replace carpet in the flooded waiting area – between gates A13 and 17 – at Terminal 1, also known as Terminal from the neighboring island, in one day, according to Jai Cunningham, spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation.
“What a difference a day makes,” HDOT said in a tweet, sharing before and after photos. “The Daniel K. Inouye Airport team took Concourse A Gate from flood zone to renovation! Job well done HNL team!!!”
The flooding occurred around 6:30 a.m. Thursday after an air conditioning cooling line ruptured and thousands of gallons of water spilled onto the ground below, state officials said.
The initial estimate for the cost of emergency repairs is around $70,000, Cunningham said. The damaged carpet area that was replaced measured approximately 9,000 square feet.
Although it was initially reported that no flights were affected, some were delayed due to flooding on Thursday. Some areas were also without air conditioning as repairs continued.
Additionally, several K9 units had to be brought in to assist in Transportation Security Administration inspection areas, where the machines were shut down as a safety precaution.