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Instructions for drivers

Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu

When driving at HNL, Learn how to have a smooth experience when picking up and dropping off.

Rules and regulations

Airport regulations for drivers

Before picking up or dropping off at the airport, these are the airport rules and regulations you should know.

  • The Uber vehicle decal (trade dress) must always be displayed on the rear driver window facing outward. Drivers can request for this Uber decal be mailed to you here
  • To get trip requests at HNL, head to the Staging Lot at 435 Kalewa St, accessible from Lagoon Dr.
  • You may not loiter within airport property waiting for a trip request. Head to the waiting lot.
  • After accepting a ride request, the Uber Driver app must remain on at all times (please do not sign out until you exit the airport)
  • You may not loiter or stage at the terminal and riders must be picked up immediately. Circling the terminal is also prohibited.
  • You may be asked to show your waybill. To access it, tap the "info" button that appears in your app.
  • Please restrict all pickups to the Uber designated pickup spots and observe all posted signs to avoid citations. You are responsible for any citations you may receive.

Required documents

Regulations in Honolulu County require all Uber Honolulu drivers to maintain the following during all Uber trips:

  • Valid state of Hawaii driver’s license
  • Valid vehicle insurance, registration, and state of Hawaii safety check
  • Uber trade dress on your rear driver-side windshield (you can print a temporary trade dress
  • Hands-free phone mount
  • Driver and vehicle certificate (in Driver app, after logging in, tap "Account" on bottom right corner, then tap "Go Online"—this screen is your certificate)
Pickups at the airport

How pickup requests work

It's easy to receive trip requests from riders leaving Daniel K Inouye International Airport; however, these trips work a little differently. To receive a trip request at HNL, head to the dedicated Staging Lot at 435 Kalewa St, accessible from Lagoon Dr. You will be placed in line to receive a pickup request from the airport on a first-in, first-out basis. Once you receive a request, meet your rider at one of two Uber Pickup Zones:

  • For Terminal 1 pickups, you can pick up riders on the departures level at the center median across from Lobby 2
  • For Terminal 2 pickups, meet your riders on the departures level at the center median across from Lobby 5/6 and across from Lobby 8

Pickups are only permitted at the curbs labeled "Ride Share."

Tips for your pickups:

  • Save time by calling or texting your rider to make sure they’re ready to go at an Uber Pickup Zone
  • Avoid congestion by clearing out your trunk before heading to HNL. Riders may be instructed to request another option like uberXL if they have more than one checked bag per person
Rides to the airport

How dropoff requests work

Uber is a smart option for travelers heading to their airport. When dropping off riders at the airport, you may safely drop off riders curbside anywhere on the departures level. It's important to stay signed into the Uber Driver app until you exit airport property.

Step-by-step pickups at the airport

Drivers must wait for trip requests at the dedicated Staging Lot at 435 Kalewa St, accessible from Lagoon Dr. Waiting for trip requests at airport terminals is not allowed and could result in a citation. You are responsible for any citations you may receive.

Once you're in the waiting lot there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Upon entering the waiting lot, you will be eligible to receive trip requests
  • If you leave the waiting lot or turn off your app, you will be placed at the back of the line
  • Once you accept a trip request, meet your rider at the designated Uber Pickup Zones on the departures level (Terminal 1 or Terminal 2)
Airport surcharges

Riders fees

Rideshare drivers

This airport charges a $3.15 fee for all TNC pickups and drop-offs. This fee is in addition to the $1.55 booking fee and is charged directly to the rider. Uber coordinates repayment of this fee directly to the airport.

To learn more about these fees and regulations, please reference Port Ordinance 4255 as adopted by the Board of Port Commissioners.

Commercial drivers

Commercial drivers using UberBLACK and UberSUV maintain their own airport permits. Because of this, there is no surcharge added to these premium trips.

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