Hilton Head Airport

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Hilton Head Airport
Hilton Head Airport Logo.jpeg
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
HXD is located in the US
Location of airport in South Carolina / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 4,300 1,311 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft Operations (2016) 37,632
Scheduled Departures 1,506
Commercial Passengers 78,710
Freight/Mail (lb.) 1,624

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 2017–2021, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] As per USDOT records, the airport had 38,310 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2015.[4]

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.[5][6] 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.[7]

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, 2016, the airport had 37,632 aircraft operations, an average of 103 per day: 81% general aviation, 17% air taxi and 2% military. In March 2017, there were 89 aircraft based at this airport: 55 single-engine, 23 multi-engine, 8 jet, 2 helicopter and 1 ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger Airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Charlotte

Cargo Airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Martinaire for UPS Airlines Columbia (SC)


In 2015, HXD handled 78,710 total commercial passengers. The only commercial route out of HXD is to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from HXD (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015)[4]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Charlotte, North Carolina 31,000 American

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at HXD, CY 2003 through 2015[4]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 151,000
2009 136,000
2008 161,000
2007 172,000
2006 126,000
2015 79,000 2005 135,000
2014 112,000 2004 128,000
2013 117,000 2003 123,000
2012 122,000 2002
2011 123,000 2001

Airline market share[edit]

Carrier shares: January – December 2015[4]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Piedmont Airlines


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for HXD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective Nov 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Hilton Head Island Airport". Beaufort County. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (HHH: Hilton Head)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA: HXD)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hilton Head Island History". HiltonHeadIslandLifestyle.com. 

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