WAIALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Transportation can continue charging landing fees at some of the state's airports, according to a Hawaii Supreme Court decision.
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld HDOT's authority to charge such fees and said the state can proceed to collect nearly $265,000 in billed but unpaid landing fees from two commercial users of Dillingham Airport on Oahu.
The commercial users, Public Aviation Hawaii, Inc. and Hale Olele Corp., refused to pay invoices dating back to 2012, arguing that HDOT didn't have the authority to charge such fees which are meant to help subsidize smaller airports. More than $200,000 had been held in trust while the case was pending.
"It is imperative that airlines and concessionaires pay for license fees in order to keep the facility open. Collecting the money ensures fairness to all aeronautical users in Hawaii," said Ford Fuchigami, director of HDOT.