Hilton Head Airport

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Hilton Head Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Beaufort County
Serves Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL 19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 32°13′28″N 080°41′51″W / 32.22444°N 80.69750°W / 32.22444; -80.69750Coordinates: 32°13′28″N 080°41′51″W / 32.22444°N 80.69750°W / 32.22444; -80.69750
Website www.hiltonheadairport.com/...
HXD is located in South Carolina
Location of airport in South Carolina
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 4,300 1,311 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 33,208
Based aircraft 87

Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHHICAO: KHXDFAA LID: HXD) is a public use airport located on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States.[1] Also known as Hilton Head Island Airport,[2] it is owned by Beaufort County.[1] Mostly used for general aviation, it is also served by a commercial airline and one public charter airline operating limited service. It is the only airport on Hilton Head Island.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 79,912 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 66,893 enplanements in 2009, and 73,776 in 2010.[5]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned HXD by the FAA[1] and HHH by the IATA.[6][7] The IATA code HHH is used for commercial airline booking purposes.


Hilton Head Island has been known for championship golf courses for decades. In the 1960s, it was decided that an airport would facilitate an increase in the number of visitors to the island. Hilton Head Airport opened in 1967 with the help of professional golfer Arnold Palmer. An avid pilot, he also became the first person to land at HXD.[8]

In the past the airport was serviced by the following airlines:[citation needed]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Hilton Head Airport covers an area of 131 acres (53 ha) at an elevation of 19 feet (6 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,300 by 100 feet (1,311 x 30 m).[1] The current terminal building was built in 1995. At 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2), it has four airline gates.

For the 12-month period ending July 31, 2012, the airport had 33,208 aircraft operations, an average of 90 per day: 72% general aviation, 24% air taxi, and 4% military. At that time there were 87 aircraft based at this airport: 63% single-engine, 26% multi-engine, 9% jet, and 1% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service is available to the following non-stop destinations:

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Charlotte


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for HXD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Hilton Head Island Airport". Beaufort County. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (HHH: Hilton Head)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA: HXD)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hilton Head Island History". HiltonHeadIslandLifestyle.com. 

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