Lihue Airport

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Lihue Airport
Runway 3-21 and the passenger terminal in background; fire station in foreground.
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
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] Lihue Airport[2]

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. During the 1970s, United Airlines used Douglas DC-8's between Los Angeles and Lihue. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways all utilize Boeing 757-200’s between Lihue and their mainland destinations. Alaska Airlines and WestJet utilize Next Generation Boeing 737-800’s between Lihue and their mainland destinations; while Hawaiian Airlines uses Boeing 717-200’s between Lihue and Honolulu. In June 2014, Hawaiian Airlines will start to use their 767-300's for seasonal services to Oakland between the month's of June and August three times a week. The airport's runway can handle planes up to and including the size of a DC-10. 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]

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 (begins June 27, 2014),[5] Oakland (begins June 14, 2014)[6]
Island Air Honolulu, Kahului
United Airlines Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
US Airways Phoenix
WestJet Vancouver

Top destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of LIH
(Aug 2012 - July 2013) [7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Honolulu, HI 686,000 go!, Hawaiian, Island Air
2 Los Angeles, CA 231,000 American, Delta, United
3 Kahului, HI 106,000 go!, Hawaiian, Island Air
4 Seattle, WA 63,000 Alaska
5 San Francisco, CA 62,000 United
6 Phoenix, AZ 51,000 US Airways
7 Oakland, CA 40,000 Alaska
8 San Jose, CA 44,000 Alaska
9 Portland, OR 12,000 Alaska
10 Denver, CO 8,000 United

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. ^ "Hawaiian Airlines Expands Los Angeles Service Next Summer" (Press release). Hawaiian Airlines. October 17, 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nonstop direct seasonal flights to Oakland". 
  7. ^,%20HI:%20Lihue%20Airport&carrier=FACTS

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