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Waimea-Kohala Airport at risk of closing

Kamuela Airport landing strip. (Image: Hawaii News Now) Kamuela Airport landing strip. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
KAMUELA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The federal government is looking to end its contract for an airport in South Kohala.

In a recent order, the U.S. DOT temporarily extended a current contract for the airport while terminating subsidized essential air service. 

Right now, Mokulele Airlines is the only commercial airline to operate out of the facility. The airline lost the federal subsidies, but will continue service through January.

The federal contract was supposed to expire in September, but transportation officials say the airport is not generating enough income.

Makani Kai Air is looking to take over the contract.

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