Hilton Head Airport

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Hilton Head Airport
Hilton Head Airport Logo.jpeg
Airport typePublic
OwnerBeaufort County
ServesHilton Head Island, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates32°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
HXD is located in South Carolina
Location of airport in South Carolina / United States
HXD is located in the United States
HXD (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft Operations (2016)37,632
Scheduled Departures (2015)1,506
Commercial Passengers56,330
Freight/Mail (lb.)2,181

Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA 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. American Airlines currently offers 3 daily flights to/from its Charlotte hub and beginning Spring 2019 will fly from Hilton Head to Washington Reagan DCA. United Airlines offers seasonal service to Hilton Head from three United hubs (Chicago ORD, Washington Dulles IAD and New York/Newark EWR, starting Spring 2019. One public charter airline operates 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 56,330 total passenger in calendar year 2017.[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] On July 5, 2018, Piedmont Airlines will stop serving Hilton Head Airport and Republic Airlines will start serving the airport with the E175. This marks the first commercially scheduled jet service to the airport.[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 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m).[1] The runway was extended, in order to better accommodate more aircraft types. The airport is hoping to attract more air service with the runway extension. Other safety improvements have been completed in addition to the runway extension, including the relocation of Taxiway A by 100 feet, added airfield drainage components, removal of trees in the flight path and the revision of the general aviation parking area. The runway extension was completed in the Summer of 2018.[10]

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]

On July 5, 2018, Piedmont Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 service to Hilton Head was terminated and Republic Airline service on E175 jets began on the following day.[11]


American Eagle Charlotte
Seasonal: Washington–National (begins May 4, 2019)[12]
Delta Connection Atlanta (begins May 23, 2019)[13]
Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia (begins June 8, 2019)[14]
United Express Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Newark, Washington–Dulles


UPS Airlines Columbia (SC)


In 2017, HXD handled 56,330 total commercial passengers. The only commercial route to and from HXD at that time was to Charlotte, North Carolina.[4]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from HXD (Feb 2018 – Jan 2019)[4]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Charlotte, North Carolina 38,060 American Eagle

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at HXD, CY 2003 through 2018[4]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 151,000
2009 136,000
2018 75,620 2008 161,000
2017 56,330 2007 172,000
2016 64,700 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: February 2018 – January 2019[4]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
American Eagle


  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 e "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  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. Archived from the original on 2011-04-12.
  8. ^ "Flights". American Airlines.
  9. ^ "Timetables". Sunshine Skies.
  10. ^ http://www.savannahnow.com/news/2017-03-15/hilton-head-airport-expand-runway
  11. ^ In October 2018 American Airlines announced new weekend service to/from Washington Reagan DCA, which will begin Spring 2019. In October 2018, United Airlines announced season nonstop service to Hilton Head Island from three United hubs. Service from Chicago ORD, Washington Dulles IAD and New York/Newark EWR begins SPRING 2019. Wilson, Lisa. "Hilton Head Island airport upgrades attracting larger planes to the runway". Island Packet. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.wjcl.com/article/american-airlines-announces-hilton-head-to-dc-direct-flights/24486178
  13. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/282323/delta-adds-atlanta-hilton-head-island-service-from-may-2019/
  14. ^ https://news.delta.com/fly-delta-hilton-head-island-sc-atlanta-and-new-york-beginning-may

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