KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Gov. David Ige and state transportation officials are moving forward with plans to have Kona International Airport ready to receive international flights by the end of the year.
West Hawaii Today reports that Department of Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami said Friday that a $4 million contract had been awarded to help build a permanent inspection station at the airport. Federal officials are requiring the airport's current inspection station to be replaced with a permanent facility in order for it to receive flights from outside the U.S.
The DOT is looking to have the inspection station open in time to accommodate a new Hawaiian Airlines route between Kona and Tokyo. The three flights a week from Haneda International Airport are set to begin near the start of 2017.