Kahului Airport

Kahului Airport
Kahului Airport
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Aerial view of the airport
OGG is located in Hawaii
Location of the Kahului Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Hawaii Department of Transportation
Serves Kahului, Hawaii
Hub for Pacific Wings
Elevation AMSL 54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates 20°53′55″N 156°25′50″W / 20.89861°N 156.43056°W / 20.89861; -156.43056 (Kahului Airport)Coordinates: 20°53′55″N 156°25′50″W / 20.89861°N 156.43056°W / 20.89861; -156.43056 (Kahului Airport)
Website hawaii.gov/ogg
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 6,995 2,132 Asphalt
5/23 4,990 1,521 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 125 38 Asphalt
Statistics (2009, 2010)
Aircraft operations (2009) 247,337
Based aircraft (2009) 56
Passengers (2010) 5,346,694
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Kahului Airport (IATA: OGGICAO: PHOGFAA LID: OGG) is a regional airport in the state of Hawai'i, located east of the Kahului CDP in Maui County on the island of Maui near Haleakala.[2] Most flights into OGG originate from Honolulu International Airport; the Honolulu–Kahului corridor is one of the busiest air routes in the US, ranking 13th in 2004 with 1,632,000 passengers.[3] (If "route" refers to a single pair of airports, HNL-OGG has been at or near the top of the US list for decades.[citation needed])

The airport code pays homage to aviation pioneer Bertram J. Hogg who worked for what is now Hawaiian Airlines flying aircraft ranging from 8-passenger Sikorsky S-38 amphibians to Douglas DC-3s and DC-9s into the late 1960s.[4]



Kahului Airport is part of a centralized state structure governing all of the airports and seaports of Hawai'i. The official authority of Kahului Airport is the Governor of Hawai'i. The Governor appoints the Director of the Hawai'i State Department of Transportation, who has jurisdiction over the Hawai'i Airports Administrator.

The Hawai'i Airports Administrator oversees six governing bodies: Airports Operations Office, Airports Planning Office, Engineering Branch, Information Technology Office, Staff Services Office, Visitor Information Program Office. Collectively, the six bodies have authority over the four airport districts in Hawai'i: Hawai'i District, Kaua'i District, Mau'i District and the principal O'ahu District. Kahului Airport is a subordinate of Mau'i District officials.

Facilities and aircraft

The Kahului Airport terminal building has ticketing, USDA agricultural inspection, and baggage claim areas on the ground level.

18 jetways are available for enplaning or deplaning passengers (there are six gate hold areas designated A-F with 3 jetways each). Gates with odd numbers have jetway systems, while gates with even numbers are designated as emergency exits and have stairs that leads to the tarmac below.

Most of the gates were spaced to handle narrow-body aircraft like the Boeing 717 and Boeing 737 used on inter-island flights. In 1982-83 Kahului started getting nonstop flights from the mainland United States; these now use wide-body aircraft like the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777, along with the Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 757. The smaller aircraft used on inter-island flights fit at all gates, while the larger overseas airliners cannot.

The airport is going through several phases of expansion authorized by the Hawai'i State Legislature. A long term goal has been set to prepare Kahului Airport for eventual elevation to permanent international airport status with regular service routes from Canada and Japan.[citation needed]Current flights from Canada use United States border preclearance facilities in Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton.

Kahului Airport covers 1,391 acres (563 ha) at an elevation of 54 feet (16 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 2/20 is 6,995 × 150 feet (2,132 × 46 m) and 5/23 is 4,990 × 150 feet (1,521 × 46 m). It also has an asphalt helipad designated H1 measuring 125 × 125 feet (38 × 38 m).[1] Most commercial flights use runway 2.

For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2009, the airport had 247,337 aircraft operations, an average of 677 per day: 54% air taxi, 34% scheduled commercial, 11% general aviation and 3% military. At that time there were 56 aircraft based at this airport: 29% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 45% helicopter and 4% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary
Alaska Airlines Oakland, Portland (OR), Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Anchorage
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles
Continental Airlines Seasonal: Orange County [ends January 2][5]
Delta Air Lines Los Angeles
go! Mokulele operated by Mesa Airlines Honolulu
Hawaiian Airlines Hilo, Honolulu, Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, Oakland [begins January 11, 2012],[6] Portland (OR) [ends January 9, 2012], San Jose (CA) [begins January 10, 2012][7], Seattle/Tacoma
Island Air Honolulu, Kona, Lihue, Molokaʻi
Mokulele Airlines Kona, Molokaʻi
Pacific Wings Hana, Kamuela/Waimea, Kona, Molokaʻi
United Airlines Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare
US Airways Phoenix
WestJet Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton

Top destinations

Busiest Domestic Routes from OGG (June 2010 – May 2011)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu, HI 987,000 go! Mokulele, Hawaiian, Island
2 Flag of California.svg Los Angeles, CA 427,000 American, Delta, United
3 Flag of Washington.svg Seattle, WA 183,000 Alaska, Hawaiian
4 Flag of California.svg San Francisco, CA 181,000 United
5 Flag of Oregon.svg Portland, OR 131,000 Alaska, Hawaiian
6 Flag of Hawaii.svg Kona, HI 100,000 Hawaiian, Island, Mokulele, United
7 Flag of Arizona.svg Phoenix, AZ 91,000 US Airways
8 Flag of Texas.svg Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 75,000 American
9 Flag of California.svg Oakland, CA 55,000 Alaska, Hawaiian
10 Flag of California.svg Sacramento, CA 49,000 Alaska


Aloha Airlines Flight 243

On April 28, 1988, Aloha Airlines flight 243, a Boeing 737-200 interisland flight from Hilo Airport to Honolulu International Airport carrying 89 passengers and 6 crew members experienced rapid decompression when an 18 foot section of the fuselage roof and sides were torn from the aircraft. One flight attendant was sucked out of the aircraft and died. Several passengers sustained life-threatening injuries including instances of massive head wounds. The aircraft declared an emergency and landed at Kahului Airport. Noise created by the rush of air rendered vocal communication useless, and the pilots had to use hand signals during landing.

Investigations of the disaster, headquartered at Honolulu International Airport, concluded that the accident was caused by metal fatigue. The disaster caused almost all major United States air carriers to retire their oldest aircraft models.[citation needed]

Aloha Island Air Flight 1712

On October 28, 1989, Aloha Island Air flight 1712, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, collided with mountainous terrain near Halawa Valley, Molokai, while en route on a scheduled passenger flight from Kahului Airport to Molokai Airport in Hoolehua.

The NTSB determined the cause of the accident was the airplane's controlled flight into terrain as a result of the decision of the captain to continue the flight under visual flight rules at night into instrument meteorological conditions, which obscured rising mountainous terrain.[9]

All 20 aboard the aircraft died. Thirteen of the victims were from Molokai, including eight members of the Molokai High School boys and girls volleyball teams and two faculty members. The girls team had just qualified on Maui for the state tournament.[10]

Hawaii Air Ambulance

On March 8, 2006, a Hawaii Air Ambulance Cessna 414 was making an approach to Runway 5 when it crashed into a BMW dealership just a mile outside of the airport. A pilot and two nurses were killed in the accident.[11]


As a result of the passage of several Hawai'i State Legislature bills in 1998 and 2001, Kahului is planned to undergo expansion for new, larger facilities, lengthening of runways, increasing of fuel storage capacities, and construction of new access roads. A controversial project, it has met strong opposition from local residents who do not agree with prospects of elevating Kahului Airport to a permanent international airport. Project opponents cite concerns about increased introduction of invasive species and other issues, as evidenced by the common Maui bumper sticker "Big city airport, big city problems."

In early 2005, Governor Linda Lingle released $365 million for construction of an extended ticketing lobby, new baggage claim carousels, a new Alien Species building, a new cargo building, construction of a new apron, construction of an additional 10 jetways to replace the current jetways, and a new six-lane airport access road that would run from the airport, intersecting Haleakala Highway and Hana Highway, and run parallel to Dairy Road where it would merge with a new grade-separated interchange between Puunene Avenue (highway 350), Dairy Road, and Kuihelani Highway (highway 380).


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for OGG (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Kahului CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Busiest Airline Routes in the United States – Table – MSN Encarta". Archived from the original on October 31, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5kwsAzbbt. 
  4. ^ English, Dave (December 1994). "Airport ABCs: An Explanation of Airport Identifier Codes". Air Line Pilot (Air Line Pilots Association, International). http://www.skygod.com/asstd/abc.html. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/travel/maui-327355-continental-flights.html
  6. ^ "Hawaiian Airlines adding Maui-to-Oakland route". Pacific Business News (Honolulu). September 1, 2011. http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2011/09/01/hawaiian-airlines-adding.html. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hawaiian Launching San José – Maui Service in January". Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu). September 6, 2011. http://investor.hawaiianairlines.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=82818&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1604001&highlight=. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=OGG&Airport_Name=Kahului,%20HI:%20Kahului%20Airport&carrier=FACTS
  9. ^ http://www.airdisaster.com/reports/ntsb/AAR90-05.pdf
  10. ^ Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News
  11. ^ "Three killed in air ambulance crash on Maui". The Honolulu Advertiser. March 8, 2006. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Mar/08/br/br06p.html. Retrieved March 9, 2006. 

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