|Approach to Runway 5 (2008)|
|IATA: MKK – ICAO: PHMK – FAA LID: MKK|
|Owner||Hawaii Department of Transportation|
|Elevation AMSL||454 ft / 138 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Molokai Airport (IATA: MKK, ICAO: PHMK, FAA LID: MKK) is a state owned, public use airport located six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) northwest of Kaunakakai, on the island of Molokai in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. It is the principal airport of the island.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 89,468 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 65,984 enplanements in 2009, and 88,688 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Molokai Airport occupies 288 acres (116.5 ha) at an elevation of 454 ft (138 m) above mean sea level on the central plateau of the island of Molokai. The airport has two asphalt paved runways that accommodate commuter/air taxi and general aviation activities, as well as some military flights: Runway 5/23 is 4,494 by 100 ft (1,370 by 30 m) and Runway 17/35 is 3,118 by 100 ft (950 by 30 m).
The passenger terminal complex and general aviation facilities are north of the runway intersection; the passenger terminal complex is near the principal runway and the general aviation facilities are near the crosswind runway. Vehicular access to these two areas is provided by separate access roadways, each connecting with Keonelele Avenue.
For the 12-month period ending April 20, 2011, the airport had 49,804 aircraft operations, an average of 136 per day: 59% general aviation, 40% air taxi, and 1% military. At that time there were 4 aircraft based at this airport, all single-engine.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|Makani Kai Air Charters||Honolulu, Kalaupapa|
|Mokulele Airlines||Honolulu, Kahului|
On October 28, 1989, Aloha Island Air flight 1712, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, collided with mountainous terrain near Halawa Valley, Molokai, while en route on a scheduled passenger flight from Kahului Airport to Molokai Airport in Hoolehua. The NTSB determined the cause of the accident was the airplanes controlled flight into terrain as a result of the decision of the captain to continue the flight under visual flight rules at night into instrument meteorological conditions, which obscured rising mountainous terrain. All 20 aboard the aircraft died. Thirteen of the victims were from Molokai, including eight members of the Molokai High School boys and girls volleyball teams and two faculty members. The girls team had just qualified on Maui for the state tournament.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MKK ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Silverstein, Stephanie (June 5, 2013). "Makani Kai Air adds Honolulu-Molokai flights to schedule". Pacific Business News. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News
- Hawaii DOT page for Molokai Airport
- Topographic map from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MKK, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: