Lihue Airport

Lihue Airport (IATA: LIH, ICAO: PHLI, FAA LID: LIH) is a state-owned public-use airport located in the Līhuʻe CDP on the southeast coast of the island of Kauaʻi in Kauai County, Hawaiʻi, United States, two nautical miles east of the center of the CDP.[1][3]

Lihue Airport

Kahua Mokulele o Līhuʻe
Runway 3-21 and the passenger terminal in background; fire station in foreground.
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Hawaii
OperatorDepartment of Transportation, Airports Division
LocationLihue, Hawaii
Elevation AMSL153 ft / 47 m
Coordinates21°58′34″N 159°20′20″W / 21.97611°N 159.33889°W / 21.97611; -159.33889Coordinates: 21°58′34″N 159°20′20″W / 21.97611°N 159.33889°W / 21.97611; -159.33889
Lihue Airport is located in Kauai
Lihue Airport
Lihue Airport
Lihue Airport is located in Hawaii
Lihue Airport
Lihue Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
17/35 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 64 20 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers2,832,281 (2016)
Aircraft operations129,572
Based aircraft46

The airport does not serve as a hub for any airline carrier. Numerous inter-island flights are available daily. American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines all operate a mixture of Boeing 737s and Boeing 757s between Lihue and their mainland destinations. Alaska Airlines and WestJet operate Boeing 737-800s between Lihue and their mainland destinations; while Hawaiian Airlines uses Boeing 717s for its inter-island routes to Honolulu, Kahului and Kona. Southwest Airlines uses Boeing 737-800 for its inter-island service to Honolulu. United Airlines uses 767s,[4] 757s and 737-800s to serve its mainland destinations. Along with its regional jet service, Hawaiian Airlines serves Lihue Airport with the A321neo to Los Angeles and to Oakland.

The airport is mostly un-walled and open-air, and the check-in is completely outside. The airport is the primary gateway to Kauai for visitors (especially tourists), and has several rental car facilities. Four motion pictures have filmed scenes at the Lihue Airport: Honeymoon in Vegas, Six Days Seven Nights, Soul Surfer, and The Descendants.

It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.[5]

Facilities and aircraftEdit

Lihue Airport covers an area of 915 acres (370 ha) at an elevation of 153 feet (47 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways designated 3/21 and 17/35, each measuring 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m). The airport also has one helipad measuring 64 by 64 feet (20 x 20 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending on December 31, 2017, the airport had 129,572 aircraft operations, an average of 355 per day: 60% air taxi, 22% scheduled commercial, 16% general aviation and 2% military. At that time there were 46 aircraft based at this airport: 41% single-engine, 11% multi-engine and 48% helicopter.[1]

On a typical day, certain gates are used for certain airlines to arrive in and depart out of the Lihue Airport. Gates 9-10 are mostly used by United Airlines, flying Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900ER aircraft along with occasionally using the Boeing 757-200. Alaska Airlines occasionally uses Gate 9 as well. Gates 7-8 are mostly used by Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and WestJet. Hawaiian Airlines uses both Boeing 717 and Airbus A321 aircraft for gates 3-4, and 5-6 for their inter-island and US mainland flights, according to the airline staff. American Airlines mostly uses Gate 3 and occasionally Gate 4, using the Airbus A321 and Boeing 757-200 to fly in and out of Lihue. All gate areas are air-conditioned and gate assignments do change on occasion.

Hawaiian Airlines operates one Premier Lounge at the airport, open to first class travelers.[6]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The terminal
Inside the airport terminal
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
American Airlines Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Delta Air Lines Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Los Angeles, Oakland
Southwest Airlines Honolulu, Las Vegas,[7] Los Angeles,[7] Oakland, Phoenix–Sky Harbor,[7] San Diego,[8] San Jose (CA)
United Airlines Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
WestJet Seasonal: Calgary (begins December 19, 2021),[9] Vancouver


Passenger numbersEdit

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Top domestic destinationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from LIH
(August 2020 – July 2021)
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Honolulu, HI 231,280 Hawaiian, Southwest
2 Los Angeles, CA 75,770 American, Delta, Hawaiian, United
3 Seattle, WA 50,480 Alaska, Delta
4 San Francisco, CA 37,420 United
5 Oakland, CA 24,020 Alaska, Hawaiian, Southwest
6 Phoenix, AZ 23,630 American
7 Kahului, HI 21,680 Hawaiian
8 San Jose, CA 17,260 Alaska, Southwest
9 Denver, CO 17,150 United
10 San Diego, CA 12,050 Alaska, Southwest

Airline market shareEdit

Busiest airlines serving LIH (August 2020 – July 2021)[11]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Hawaiian Airlines 480,000 45.45%
2 United Airlines 148,000 13.98%
3 Southwest Airlines 146,000 13.81%
4 Alaska Airlines 124,000 11.71%
5 American Airlines 88,430 8.38%
6 Other 70,450 6.67%

Public transportEdit

The Kauaʻi Bus route 70 connects the airport to downtown Lihue.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for LIH PDF, effective 2015-04-30
  2. ^ "Lihue Airport".
  3. ^ "Lihue CDP, Hawaii Archived 2011-11-19 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  4. ^ "UA2307 (UAL2307) United Flight Tracking and History". FlightAware. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  5. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Our Airport Premier Clubs". Hawaiian Airlines. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  7. ^ a b c "Book now! New service to the Hawaiian islands on Southwest Airlines from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix begins in June With one-way fares as low as $129". Retrieved 13 May 2021.
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  10. ^ "Air Carrier Statistics (Form 41 Traffic)- U.S. Carriers". BTS, Transportation Statistics. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
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