Update: Runway 8-26 Closure Continues at Hilo Airport

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Main

HILO – The state Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Hilo residents of an expected increase in nighttime aircraft traffic over the area due to the closure of Runway 8-26, as crews repave areas prone to ponding on Taxiway E at Hilo Airport. The closure will redirect cargo night flights to Runway 3-21. This requires flying over Hilo communities, and will increase air traffic noise during the evening hours.

The weather-dependent construction began on August 12. Work will continue from 10 p.m. Sunday night, August 24, to 5 a.m., Monday morning, August 25, and continue through the week, weather permitting.

The ponding was not caused by recent Hurricane Iselle or Julio, but is an existing issue Hilo Airport is working to address.

The HDOT appreciates residents’ patience and understanding as we work to improve the condition of the Hilo Airport’s Taxiways.