Hilton Head Airport
|Serves||Hilton Head Island, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||19 ft / 6 m|
Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA LID: HXD) is a public use airport located on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Also known as Hilton Head Island Airport, it is owned by Beaufort County. Mostly used for general aviation. In Spring 2019, United Airlines began seasonal service to its hubs at Chicago O'Hare, Newark, and Washington-Dulles, and American Airlines added seasonal service to its Washington National hub to compliment its existing service to Charlotte. Massive growth continued in May 2019, when Delta Air Lines resumed year round service to its hub in Atlanta, as well as adding a new seasonal route to its New York La Guardia hub. All of these flights are operated by regional affiliates. One public charter airline operates limited service. It is the only airport on Hilton Head Island.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017-2021, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. As per USDOT records, the airport had 56,330 total passenger in calendar year 2017.
Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned HXD by the FAA and HHH by the IATA. The IATA code HHH is used for commercial airline booking purposes.
Hilton Head Island has been known for championship golf courses for decades. In the 1960s, it was decided that an airport would facilitate an increase in the number of visitors to the island. Hilton Head Airport opened in 1967 with the help of professional golfer Arnold Palmer. An avid pilot, he also became the first person to land at HXD. On July 5, 2018, Piedmont Airlines' Bombardier Dash 8 service was ceased, and Republic Airline began serving Hilton Head Airport with the E175. This marks the first commercially scheduled jet service to the airport.
In the past the airport was serviced by the following airlines:
Hilton Head Airport covers an area of 131 acres (53 ha) at an elevation of 19 feet (6 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m). The runway was extended, in order to better accommodate more aircraft types. The airport is hoping to attract more air service with the runway extension. Other safety improvements have been completed in addition to the runway extension, including the relocation of Taxiway A by 100 feet, added airfield drainage components, removal of trees in the flight path and the revision of the general aviation parking area. The runway extension was completed in the Summer of 2018.
The current terminal building was built in 1995. At 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2), it has four airline gates. For the 12-month period ending July 31, 2016, the airport had 37,632 aircraft operations, an average of 103 per day: 81% general aviation, 17% air taxi and 2% military. In March 2017, there were 89 aircraft based at this airport: 55 single-engine, 23 multi-engine, 8 jet, 2 helicopter and 1 ultralight.
|American Eagle|| Charlotte|
|Delta Connection|| Atlanta|
Seasonal: New York-LaGuardia
|United Express||Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Newark, Washington-Dulles|
In 2018, HXD handled 75,620 total commercial passengers. The only commercial route to and from HXD at that time was to Charlotte, North Carolina.
|1||Charlotte, North Carolina||40,350||American Eagle|
|2||Washington-Dulles, D.C.||50||United Express|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|