HDOT, U.S. Army and FAA continue Dillingham Airfield transition to military management

Posted on Feb 11, 2020 in Airports News, Main, News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), the U.S. Army (Army), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are engaged in continued dialogue regarding the termination of HDOT’s lease with the Army of the Dillingham Airfield (HDH). HDOT sent HDH tenants a notification letter confirming that their 30-day revocable permits will cease effective June 30, 2020.

“The operations and lease arrangements at Dillingham Airfield have been the subject of ongoing discussions with our federal partners for the past eight years. While we understand the tenants will need to adjust to having to move their operations from HDH, there are other available options within the State’s airport system,” said Director Jade Butay, Hawaii Department of Transportation. “HDOT cannot continue to assume the million-dollar financial loss every year subsidizing the tenants at a facility we do not own or control, combined with the risk of losing federal funds if we continue management under the current conditions.”

“The Army appreciates the HDOT support in operating and managing the Dillingham Airfield for more than four decades and is beginning the process of transitioning the facility back to military management,” said Col. Thomas Barrett, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii. “Our staff is diligently working to assess the way forward and is analyzing the possible impacts related to the lease transfer. This will be a detailed process involving extensive coordination with State and Federal agencies. First and foremost, the Army must fulfill its requirements of military training, readiness, response, security and safety. We will not take any action that will impact our ability to fulfill these critical responsibilities.”

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