Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan

Kona International Airport (KOA) has prepared the Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.


May 31, 2012

Kona International Airport (KOA) has prepared the Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.  Questions regarding this plan can be directed to the Chauncey Wong Yuen, [email protected], Kona International Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is a commercial airport.

KOA is operated by the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, Airports Division, who has appointed the Airports District Manager (ADM), Hawaii District, to direct the airport.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Kona International Airport will:

  • Provide for the deplanement of passengers;
  • Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and
  • Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

Airport Information:

Name of Airport: Kona International Airport (KOA)
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Airport District Manager
Preparer contact number: (808) 327-9520
Preparer contact e-mail: [email protected]
Date of submission of plan: May 31, 2012
Airport Category: Small Hub

KOA operates as a Class I Airport with scheduled airline service, with a 24 hour, 7 day operation.

Contact Information:

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact Airport Operations Control at 808-329-1083 for assistance.

Provide the deplanement of passengers

KOA does not own or operate any equipment needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft.  We will provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gates Available in an Emergency

The gates at KOA are under common use to air carriers and are controlled by the Airport.  We direct our common use air carrier users to make gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate to the maximum extent practicable. An air carrier declaring an “excessive tarmac delay” will be returned to any available gate, or available hard stand.

The Terminal provides additional facilities, such as, airline ticket counters, baggage claim areas, restrooms, etc.  It is able to accept 747 type aircraft and consist of Gates 1 thru 10. Concessionaires are available and operate to coincide with airline schedules.

Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared U.S. Customs and Border Protection

KOA has a defined sterile area capable of accommodating limited numbers of international passengers.  We will coordinate with local CBP officials to develop procedures that will allow international passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection to be deplaned into these sterile areas to the extent practicable.

Deplaned international passengers of an excessive tarmac delay will be isolated at Federal Inspection Services Tent which houses U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan

The KOA Emergency Contingency Plan is to be distributed to all KOA assigned Air Carriers and Ground Service Agencies, and will be filed in the KOA Airport Certification Manual (ACM), Book II, Appendix B, Airport Emergency Plan.  The Emergency Contingency Plan will also be posted to the KOA website, https://airports.hawaii.gov/koa, for public viewing.

Plan Development and Maintenance

KOA Emergency Contingency Plan, dated May 31, 2012, is updated every 5 years and submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for review and approval.