Larger aircraft could be using Hana Airport

Larger aircraft could be using Hana Airport

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - There are plans to allow Hana Airport to accommodate larger aircraft.

Currently, only planes with nine passengers or less can use the remote airport. The Maui News reports the state is planning to add features to allow the airport to accommodate aircraft with up to 30 passenger seats.

In June, the governor released $2.1 million for capital improvement projects at Hana Airport.

Improvements include a new aircraft rescue and firefighting station, security fencing and a runway safety area.

Officials haven't yet set a timeline for the improvements to be made.

Mokulele Airlines is the only carrier with scheduled flights to and from Hana Airport. State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter says there are several nonscheduled carriers of similar size that also serve the airport on demand.

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