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Gov. Ige allocates $9 million for Lihue Airport improvements

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The district manager for Kauai Airports is hoping to secure enough state funding to support major upgrades at Lihue Airport.

The Garden Island reports that Dennis Neves says the goal is to make the airport "just like any other airport" in the country.

Gov. David Ige released an executive supplemental budget proposal Dec. 21 for the 2016 legislative session. The proposal would increase the overall fiscal 2015-17 budget to $30.7 billion, with $9.2 million going toward reconstructing Lihue Airport's check-in area and holding area to accommodate increasing flights.

The project is expected to take about five years to complete.

Opponents of the airport project say the money should be used to address more pressing matters, such as Kauai's traffic problem.

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