Lihue Airport

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Lihue Airport
Runway 3-21 and the passenger terminal in background; fire station in foreground.

WMO: 91165

LIH is located in Hawaii
Location of the Lihue Airport
Airport type Public
Owner State of Hawaii
Operator Department of Transportation
Serves Lihue, Hawaii
Elevation AMSL 153 ft / 47 m
Coordinates 21°58′34″N 159°20′20″W / 21.97611°N 159.33889°W / 21.97611; -159.33889
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
17/35 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 64 20 Asphalt
Statistics (2005, 2010)
Aircraft operations (2005) 104,276
Based aircraft (2005) 28
Passengers (2010) 2,416,812

Lihue Airport (IATA: LIHICAO: PHLIFAA LID: LIH) is a state-owned public-use airport located in the Līhuʻe CDP on the southeast coast of the island of Kauaʻi in Kauai County, Hawaiʻi, United States, two nautical miles east of the center of the CDP.[1][3]

The airport does not serve as a hub for any airline carrier. Numerous inter-island flights are available daily. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways all utilize Boeing 757s between Lihue and their mainland destinations. Alaska Airlines and WestJet utilize Boeing 737-800s between Lihue and their mainland destinations; while Hawaiian Airlines uses Boeing 717s for its inter-island routes to Honolulu and Kahului. Along with its regional jets service, Hawaiian Airlines also serves Lihue Airport with Boeing 767s for seasonal services to Oakland and Los Angeles.

The airport is mostly un-walled, and the check-in is completely outside.

The airport is the primary gateway to Kauai for visitors (especially tourists), and has several rental car facilities. Four motion pictures have filmed scenes at the Lihue Airport: Honeymoon in Vegas, Six Days Seven Nights, Soul Surfer, and The Descendants.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Lihue Airport covers an area of 879 acres (356 ha) at an elevation of 153 feet (47 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways designated 3/21 and 17/35, each measuring 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m). The airport also has one helipad measuring 64 by 64 feet (20 x 20 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2005, the airport had 104,276 aircraft operations, an average of 285 per day: 48% air taxi, 26% scheduled commercial, 23% general aviation and 2% military. At that time there were 28 aircraft based at this airport: 43% single-engine, 7% multi-engine and 50% helicopter.[1]

Lihue Airport runway needs to be extended to comply with Federal Aviation Administration rules. The Garden Island reports one of the airport's two runways ends just a few hundred feet from the ocean, with no room for a necessary buffer. State Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ford Fuchigami said the runway will be extended to ensure proper clearance. The airport recently received more than $400,000 in airport capital improvement funds for the reconfiguration. A spokesman for Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the southwest end of the runway will be extended by 855 feet, while still providing the standard 1,000-foot runway safety area for the northeast end of the runway. Abercrombie spokesman Justin Fujioka said the project is estimated to be completed in November 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The terminal
Inside the airport terminal
Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines Oakland, San Diego,[4] San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
American Airlines Los Angeles
Delta Air Lines Los Angeles
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu, Kahului
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Oakland
Island Air Honolulu
United Airlines Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
US Airways Phoenix
WestJet Vancouver

Top destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of LIH
(Dec 2013 - Nov 2014)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Honolulu, HI 625,000 Hawaiian, Island Air
2 Los Angeles, CA 222,000 American, Delta, Hawaiian, United
3 Kahului, HI 115,000 Hawaiian
4 Seattle, WA 73,000 Alaska
5 San Francisco, CA 60,000 United
6 Phoenix, AZ 53,000 US Airways
7 San Diego, CA 30,000 Alaska
8 Oakland, CA 29,000 Alaska, Hawaiian
8 San Jose, CA 29,000 Alaska
10 Portland, OR 14,000 Alaska

Public transport[edit]

The Kauaʻi Bus route 70 connects the airport to downtown Lihue.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LIH (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Lihue CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Weisberg, Lori (November 15, 2012). "San Diego gets its first nonstop to Kauai". U-T San Diego. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^,%20HI:%20Lihue%20Airport&carrier=FACTS

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