The Hawaii Department of Transportation will receive $4,247,410 to repair a runway at the Molokai Airport and continue renovations of the terminal building at the Honolulu International Airport, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa announced last Wednesday.
The funds come from two grants administered by the Federal Aviation Administration.
On Molokai, $3,029,755 will be used to refurbish taxiway A and B at the Molokai Airport.
In Honolulu, $1,217,655 will be used to finish renovations to the third level of the Ewa concourse in the main terminal building.
“As an island archipelago situated in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii is dependent on safe and reliable air service. Our economy relies on the visitors who fly to our shores from around the world and our residents require timely service to conduct business and visit family and friends. I am very pleased that the federal government understands the important role that safe and expedient air travel plays in Hawaii and continues to invest in its upkeep and expansion,” said Senator Inouye.
“Honolulu International Airport is our state’s primary gateway for travelers arriving from abroad and residents visiting the world, and Molokai Airport serves as a lifeline connecting the Friendly Isle with health care and many other necessities. I am pleased the FAA is awarding these grants to make needed improvements to these vital airports,” said Senator Akaka.
“This federal funding will be used to make improvements to Molokai Airport, which supports a community that depends on air travel for essential services such as specialized medical care or emergency treatment. When Secretary Ray LaHood last visited Hawaii he met with Molokai residents and heard firsthand about these unique needs. Refurbishing two of the airport’s taxiways will help ensure safe flying to and from Kaunakakai while also supporting jobs,” said Congresswoman Hirono, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“An investment in our air travel infrastructure is an investment in our economy. As an island state, our visitors, businesses, and residents rely on safe, dependable air transportation. I am pleased the Federal Aviation Administration understands the importance of improving and maintaining our airports in Hawaii,” said Congresswoman Hanabusa.
For more information on the Molokai Airport, visit: http://hawaii.gov/mkk.