The extension of the Pohnpei International Airport began in 2009, and it is anticipated that it will be completed in 2011. The Japanese Government has agreed to provide about US $29 million for the entire project. The project includes extending the runway by 228m and improving the terminal facilities and apron. Enhancements will help prevent problems such as when a Boeing 727 cargo jet overran the runway and the airport had to be closed for 6 days in May 2008.
Like many islands within the region, commercial air service is rather limited due to small population and tourist traffic. The only current scheduled passenger services for Pohnpei are the United Airlines (formerly Continental Micronesia) "Island Hopper" flights operated with Boeing 737-800 jetliners between Guam and Honolulu (three times weekly in each direction) and the weekly Guam-Chuuk-Pohnpei flight.