The Hawaii Department of Transportation has been awarded $5.5 million in federal aviation grants for upgrades and repairs at the Honolulu, Kona and Lihue airports.

“The strength of Hawaii’s economy is directly linked to our visitor industry, and we must do everything we can to ensure safe and expedient air travel for our residents and visitors from around the world,” Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) said in a statement. “I am very pleased that these funds will help improve our air travel infrastructure, and it is my hope that the federal government continues to put people to work by supporting our visitor industry through similar investments.”

More than $2.2 million of those funds will be used to rehabilitate a runway at Kona Airport at Keahole on the Big Island, strengthening its pavement and eliminating debris.

The remaining grant money will be used to upgrade runways and a concourse at Honolulu Airport and to rehab a runway at the Lihue Airport on Kauai.
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