Passengers in Hawaii bound for San Francisco left stranded for hours at HNL

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jul 06 2013 05:46:00 PM HST

With the shutdown of SFO, passengers here bound for that airport were left stranded. Others waiting for the arrival of loved ones were also stuck at Honolulu International.

HONOLULU -

With the shutdown of San Francisco International Airport, passengers in Hawaii bound for that airport were left stranded. Others waiting for the arrival of loved ones were also waiting for hours at the Honolulu International Airport.

Many of those who touched down in Hawaii after taking off from SFO just an hour before the crash were unaware of the tragedy just missed.

"We heard from some of the other passengers who had landed who had received messages from their family members right after we landed. We were very glad we weren't there to see it, having young children," said Amy Baker, who arrived at HNL from SFO.

There were long lines at ticket counters for at least two United Airlines flights. One inbound and one outbound were canceled, and passengers at the Honolulu airport were frustrated with the wait.

"We were here exceptionally early. I'm traveling with my two nephews who are 11, and my mom who's 91, and we wanted to get here early to check in early," said Carol Rossi, a passenger on United Airlines trying to fly into San Francisco.

Others waiting for arrivals, like one man who had a lei and chocolates in hand, says he was going to meet his long lost cousin, only to arrive at the airport to see that flight from San Francisco canceled.

"I'm trying to find out what flight she's on. I'll wait an hour check this flight," said Thomas Kaulukukui.

Airport authorities ask those waiting for flights to or from SF to check with the airlines for updates. The Republic of Korea Consulate in Honolulu urges Korean residents in the islands concerned about relatives who may have been on the flight to contact the consulate in San Francisco at 415-516-9414.

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