HDH Lease Transition
The Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division (HDOTA) continues to work toward the transition of management of the Dillingham Airfield (HDH) back to the U.S. Army, which owns the facility, by June 30, 2021. The original date to transfer the facility to the military was June 30, 2020, however, HDOTA granted a one year extension to allow tenants the opportunity to relocate to another location.
As part of the transition process letters were sent to the tenants regarding how the termination of their permits will impact them and instructions for returning the facility to its original condition. The letters also provided current vacancies at the other airports within HDOTA jurisdiction so tenants will have adequate time to apply for a new permit prior to the deadline to vacate HDH.
HDOTA has explored many options for keeping the airfield open, however none have proved viable. Dillingham Airfield is the only airport in the HDOTA system that is not owned by the State. It is in the best interest of the State to transfer the airfield back to the military to manage and maintain, based on several factors. The current short-term lease does not allow HDOTA to comply with federal grant requirements and contains conditions that expose HDOTA to the risk of losing federal funds. In addition, water system issues, uncertainty of the lease, and lack of authority over the facility all mean that HDOTA is not able to guarantee the long-term operation of the airfield. To continue the agreement at HDH could put HDOTA at risk for loss of additional financial resources and grants in the airports system from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Finally, HDOTA subsidizes about a million dollars a year for the operation and maintenance at the airfield, costs that unfairly must be paid by users of other airports in the state.
HDOTA appreciates the support of the U.S. Army and the FAA as we work toward a smooth transition of the facility’s management.
Public documents and additional information on the lease transition are disclosed and available in below links:
Questions and Answers: click here
FAA Closure Plan: click here
FAA Closure Plan Exhibits:
Dillingham Airfield Tenant Notices:
Public comments regarding Dillingham Airfield can be submitted to the Airports Division by emailing [email protected]