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Kahului Airport’s arrivals area is empty Friday afternoon. Come Tuesday when the quarantine on interisland travel is lifted, there could be a lot more flyers at the airport. The flying experience will be different in the COVID-19 era. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele-Makani Kai Air and Southwest are ready for take-off as interisland travel without quarantine begins Tuesday.

The airlines have modified their boarding gates, in-flight services and TSA checkpoints with the lifting of the 14-day quarantine on flights between the islands next week.

“Our guests arriving at Kahului and our other airport stations will notice new and enhanced health and safety procedures throughout their travel,” Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said Thursday.

All passengers are required to wear face masks or coverings through the airport and while boarding, through the flight and while deplaning at their destination. TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice, according to Hawaiian Airlines’ “Keeping You Safe” website.

For the month of June, Hawaiian has offered a base schedule of five daily round trips between Kahului Airport and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Da Silva said.

“Once the state’s 14-day interisland quarantine ends June 16, we will be increasing our frequency to up to nine daily round trips to welcome more guests while continuing to provide them more personal space in our cabins,” he said.

For the service between OGG-HNL, Hawaiian is primarily using mid-sized Airbus A321neo aircraft, in addition to the Boeing 717 aircraft traditionally flown on Neighbor Island routes.

“At the same time, we will increase our Ohana by Hawaiian flights from two to three