Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan

Molokai Airport (MKK) has prepared this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.



Molokai Airport (MKK) has prepared this 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 Airport District Manager .  Molokai Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because (1) it is a commercial airport or (2) this airport may be used by an air carrier described in USC 42301 (a)(1) for diversions.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Kahului 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).

Molokai Airport has facility constraints that limit our ability to accommodate diverted flights or maintain the airport’s safe operation and strongly encourages aircraft operators to contact the airport at 808-567-9660 or 808-872-3875 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency.  Specific facility constraints include the following:

  • Runway 5-23 is 4494’ X 100”
  • Runway 17-35 is 3118’ X 100′
  • Molokai Towered hours  are 0600 – 1830L
  • FAR 139 Index A
  • Lacks of international passenger processing facilities
  • Airport does not have air stairs.

During diversion events Molokai Airport issues NOTAM’s regarding its ability to accommodate diverted flights to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the airport and its ability to serve the civil aviation needs of the public during irregular operations events.

Airport Information

Name of Airport: Molokai Airport
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Marvin A. Moniz, Airport District Manager, or Kathleen N. Wade, Assistant Airport Superintendent IV
Preparer contact number: 808-872-3803, 808-872-3803, or 808-872-3817
Preparer contact e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Date of submission of plan: June 22, 2022
Airport Category: Non Hub

Contact Information

In the event of diversion or other irregular operations events, aircraft operators should contact the Airport Operations and Maintenance at 808-567-9660 or Maui Dispatch at 808-872-3875 for assistance.

Plan to Provide for the Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays

Molokai Airport has limited equipment and personnel needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft. Airlines should strive to contact contract service providers, or other air carriers, for assistance in deplaning passengers. Additionally, airport personnel are not trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers using equipment owned or operated by air carriers or contract service providers. We will provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, 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.

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

Four gates at Molokai Airport are under common use leases to air carriers and are controlled by the airport. We will direct our common use gate lessees, permittees, or users to make gates available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate to the maximum extent practicable.  All gates are ground loading; no jet bridges or air stairs are available.

Plan to Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection

Molokai Airport does not have international passenger processing facilities.  We will coordinate with local CBP and law enforcement officials to identify suitable areas and procedures for establishing a temporary sterile area into which international passengers on diverted aircraft who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection can be deplaned.  Once these efforts are complete, 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.

Public Access to the Emergency Contingency Plan

Molokai Airport will provide public access to its emergency contingency plan through posting in a conspicuous location on the airport website (https://airports.hawaii.gov/mkk)

Plan Development and Maintenance

Molokai Airport Emergency Contingency Plan, Dated June 22, 2022, is updated every 5 years and submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for review and approval.