The Kapalua Airport in Hawaii reopened Wednesday after a brush fire forced the facility to close and evacuate.
According to Hawaii News Now, the Hawaiian airport was closed Tuesday after a fire burning in the West Maui-area damaged power lines and forced planes to depart before a mandatory evacuation order was enacted.
All remaining flights scheduled to depart were grounded and incoming planes were diverted to other airports. The Hawaii Department of Transportation said the blaze started just above the airport.
#JHM update: The planes at #Kapalua Airport did fly out prior to the evacuation order. Honoapiilani Hwy is also closed in both directions at Hoohui Road. Thank you to Maui Fire and Police and all the first responders who are helping with this situation. pic.twitter.com/UbaqN4c4fL
— Hawaii DOT (@DOTHawaii) October 23, 2019
Helicopters are getting water from the ocean right outside my place to try to put out the Kapalua airport fire here on Maui. pic.twitter.com/ntVARL5N1c
— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) October 23, 2019
The Maui Fire Department battled the fire on Tuesday morning as Kahana Ridge and Ala Hoku residents were evacuated. The airport was evacuated by 2:30 p.m. local time but reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday with electricity and telephone service restored.
Airport officials were advising passengers to call their airlines to determine if their flights were delayed or canceled. By Wednesday night, first responders had the fire 45 percent contained.
“I want to extend another heartfelt mahalo to our first responders and American Red Cross for their tireless work today,” Maui Mayor Michael Victorino told local media. “I continue to applaud our public and private partners for coming together to help our community.”
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New Tool Tracks Travelers’ Perceptions of Safety Throughout Reopening Phase
MMGY Global has launched a brand new Travel Safety Barometer tool to help the travel and tourism industry monitor American travelers’ perceptions of safety as society gradually reopens in the wake of COVID-19.
Measured on a scale from 0 (extremely unsafe) to 100 (extremely safe) and based on a monthly survey of 1,200 American travelers, Travel Safety Barometer metrics are published for a series of categories, including domestic and international travel, transportation, lodging, cruising, dining and entertainment.
Currently, MMGY Global’s data suggests that domestic leisure travel, which scores just 34, will bounce back before international (22) or even business travel (29).
The recent Travel Intentions Pulse Survey (TIPS) conducted by MMGY Travel Intelligence found that two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) feel safest when traveling by personal vehicle, so it’s little surprise that the Driving Safety Barometer is highest at 72, more than double that of taking a flight (30). Transportation overall scores a 56.
Lodging is much lower at 35, while dining and entertainment are just slightly behind at 33.
With cruise lines temporarily suspending operations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing a no-sail order through late-July, MMGY Global’s Cruise Safety Barometer scores the lowest of any category at 18.
“Travelers’ perceptions of safety are shaped by everything from the latest news headlines and personal experiences to social media. The Travel Safety Barometer will highlight how consumer perceptions of safety evolve as states, countries and travel-related businesses cautiously begin to reopen, allowing the industry to adjust their operational and marketing strategies accordingly to meet consumer needs,” said Chris Davidson, executive vice president of insights and strategy, MMGY Travel Intelligence, in a statement accompanying Thursday’s announcement.
“There is much work to be done by the industry to put in place measures to protect the public’s health and well-being,” added Davidson. “Once this is accomplished, the next challenge becomes how will destinations, hotels, airlines, cruises and other travel businesses provide peace of mind to travelers who perceive them to be unsafe.”
Visit MMGYIntel.com to download the full report.
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