About Honolulu Control Facility

See why so many controllers and pilots call Honolulu CF home.

Welcome to Honolulu

Welcome to Honolulu Control Facility (HCF), home of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands and caretaker of Guam FIR.

While we may be thousands of miles away from any mainland coast, the tropical breeze and beauty of our paradise is second to none. At HCF, we pride ourselves in providing friendly and professional Hawaiian customer service to ensure that all who enter our airspace enjoy their tropical vacation!


Flying opportunities are endless in the islands. Whether you’re flying a VFR sightseeing tour, taking a quick IFR island hop, or just enjoying the traffic pattern, our trained Air Traffic Controllers aim to always do their best to provide you with the best service and experience possible. We are responsible for the airspace over 37 airports in and around the Hawaiian and Northern Mariana Islands, operating the 14 air traffic control towers and overlying radar facilities.

Located on the island of Oahu, our biggest and busiest airport in Honolulu International Airport (HNL), known officially as Daniel K Inouye International Airport. Several hawaiian-based airlines, as well as common mainlaid carriers operate a vast selection of flights to and from the islands, ranging from short hops in the Cessna Grand Caravan with Mokulele Airlines to the longer flights in the Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 717. HNL is the primary hub for almost all flights and carriers in Hawaii.

Our second busiest airport is Kahului Airport (OGG), located on Maui Island. While in Kahului pilots can enjoy the nice tropical sunset as well as the friendly locals and their Hawaiian traditions. Additionally, there are several other airports served by HCF on all of the islands. Hilo International Airport is another great place to visit. Located on the “big island,” it’s home of Rainbow Falls, volcanos, and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

Mission Statement

We hope that your time in our airspace, whether as a controller or a pilot, always reflects on our mission statement:

“To enrich lives in Honolulu's paradise by providing friendly and professional customer service and creating an environment so all pilots and controllers will have an enjoyable experience.”