December 22nd, 2010
04:12 PM ET
HONOLULU (CNN) - With President Obama staying in Washington a bit longer for a news conference as Congress wraps up its final business in a lame-duck session, federal officials here in Hawaii have adjusted flight restrictions and are now expecting him to arrive for vacation in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration has now issued an advisory instituting a no-fly zone for 10 nautical miles over Honolulu early Thursday from 2:45am until 445am local time. But the White House announced that they now anticipate the president arriving in Honolulu at approximately 11:50 pm local time on Wednesday, so the FAA will of course adjust their arrangements.
Hawaii is five time zones behind the East Coast so Obama will now leave Washington at approximately 6:45 pm eastern on Wednesday after an end of the year news conference.
CNN first reported Tuesday that the FAA had quietly issued an advisory revealing it was planning to institute a no-fly zone around Honolulu from 5:15 PM local until 7:15 PM local time on Wednesday.
CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now notes that new overnight arrival will be a relief for drivers in Honolulu, who already suffer through awful traffic that would have been made worse by an Obama arrival during Wednesday night's rush hour.
The affiliate is also reporting that on Tuesday morning the U.S. Coast Guard put in a temporary security zone around Kailua Bay, where the President and his family are renting a vacation home for the third consecutive year in connection with their annual holiday trip to the president's home state.
Last year, the Coast Guard instituted similar restrictions in the bay exactly one day before the president's arrival.
Officials have put up yellow buoys and any person crossing the restricted area faces fines of up to $32,000 and possible imprisonment of up to 25 years.