Kahului Airport Gets $4.29 Million in Federal Funds

June 24, 2019, 11:55 AM HST · Updated June 25, 2:07 PM
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Kahului Airport, controll tower. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Maui’s Kahului Airport will receive $3.6 million to reconstruct its taxiway and $693,750 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles, according to an announcement today from US Senator Brian Schatz.

Sen. Schatz, who serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees said the funding is part of a larger $10,055,250 appropriation from the US Department of Transportation for improvements at four airports in the state.

The funding is for the purchase of aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles, reconstruction of taxiways and the installation of runway lighting at various facilities.

“This funding will improve our airports and continue to ensure that passengers and pilots experience the highest possible level of safety,” said Senator Schatz. 

The funding is being awarded through the DOT’s Airport Improvement Program.

Funding allocations include the following:

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu is receiving $870,000 to install runway lighting;
  • Hilo International Airport on Hawai‘i Island is receiving $1,354,500 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles;
  • Kahului Airport on Maui is receiving $3.6 million to reconstruct its taxiway and $693,750 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles;
  • Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole is receiving $837,000 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles;
  • And the State of Hawai‘i is receiving $2.7 million for comprehensive planning activities.

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