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Check Six: Reef Runway

March 27, 2020

From the Hawaii Aviation website

Runway 8R / 26L

Construction of the first phase of the long-awaited Reef Runway was scheduled to begin in September 1972.  The first increment, scheduled for completion in mid-1974, was expected to resolve most of the air traffic noise and safety problems of current airport traffic by shifting all overseas commercial and military jet take-off operations more than a mile to seaward.  The runway would also increase the airport’s capacity from 70 to 110 operations per hour.

The Reef Runway was the nation’s first major new runway to receive funding approval from the FAA’s 1970 Airport Development Aid Program and qualified for the biggest single ADAP allocation so far approved–$14 million, or roughly half of the expected cost.

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