The KOA (Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport) is located on the Hawaii island, found in Kalaoa CDP, Hawaii,USA. It serves lee side, or Western Hawaii island, comprising of the Kailua-Kona town and resorts of the South Kohala and North Kona districts.
KOA is the part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ‘National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems’ for 2017–21. Within this program, the airport of Ellison was nominated as a small-hub, primary commercial service facility. The KOA is the main airport on Hawaii Island, which serves interisland and transpacific flights. The airport is located in West of Hawaii at Keahole. The Island is recognized for its orchids, golf courses, active volcanoes, and scenic coastline.
A majority of the airport's runway is built on a relative lava flow, the 1801 Huehue flow, which came from Hualālai. It extended out the shoreline to an estimated one mi (1.6 km), increasing some 4 km2 land to the Island, creating Keāhole Point. The airport opened on July 1, 1970, with just one single 6,500-foot (2.0 km) runway; the former smaller airstrip was turned into the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.
The first few years of KOA, saw 515,378 passengers travel through the new tropical-style open-air terminals. It was initially referred to as Ke-āhole Airport since the Kuhlia was found close by. In 1993, it was the Keāhole-Kona International Airport. It became Kona International Airport at Keāhole in 1997.
The airport was renamed as Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole, in January 2017. It was renamed in honor of astronaut Ellison Onizuka who was born in Kona.
KOA covers 2,700 acres at the height of 47 feet (14 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway, 17/35, 11,000 by 150 feet. The state administration of Hawaii plant functions a single-story building terminal complex and a runway along the eastern border of the airport for travelers, mail, air cargo, airport support, and all aviation. The airport managed 3.07 million travelers and registered 135,064 flight activities in 2015. It also managed 19,564 of cargo in the same period.
History And Socio-Economic Influence
Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines were the principal airlines serving at the airport. During the early 1970s with inter-island flights from Kahului on Maui, Honolulu on Oahu, and Lihue on Kauai with Aloha using Boeing 737-200 planes and Hawaiian functioning McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 planes. In the late 1970s, Hawaiian was using larger McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 planes on its inter-island flights.
By early 1985, United Airlines was operating direct service into the airport from both San Francisco (SFO) with Douglas DC-8-71 and Los Angeles (LAX) and wide-body McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jetliners.
The first few years of KOA, saw 515,378 passengers travel through the new tropical-style open-air terminals. The airport managed 3.07 million travelers and registered 135,064 flight activities in 2015. It also managed 19,564 of cargo in the same period. KOA covers 2,700 acres at the height of 47 feet (14 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway, 17/35, 11,000 by 150 feet. The airport has also impacted the economy both directly and indirectly, providing job opportunities for the municipality. It is the second-largest airport in Hawaii, which serves a vast majority of West Hawaii, inter-island and international flights.