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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:05 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2006

$2.3 billion airport renovation plan unveiled

Advertiser Staff

The Lingle administration this afternoon unveiled a $2.3 billion, 12-year plan to upgrade major airports on O'ahu, Maui, Kaua'i and the Big Island.

"Our airports are like little cities that serve not just passengers, but businesses, employees and our entire visitor industry," Gov. Linda Lingle said in a news release. "This modernization plan is designed to meet diverse needs from security to convenience to efficiency and to do so with the aloha that our visitors and residents expect and deserve."

Short-term projects, within the next five years, include: upgrades to the passenger terminals, ticket counters, baggage screening operations, runways and airport aprons, airport infrastructure such as air-conditioning, restroom facilities, elevators, escalators, electrical systems, drains and sprinkler systems.

In addition, the plan incorporates improvements to comply with federal regulations on storm water systems, runway safety, perimeter security and crash fire safety, the release said.

Long-term improvement projects include: constructing additional gates, ramp space and passenger loading bridges, increasing holding room capacity, and expanding public parking facilities.

The proposed upgrades will be paid for entirely by airport fees and federal funds, and will not utilize any state general funds, the release said.

The complete Airports Modernization Plan is available on the governor's Web site at www.hawaii.gov/gov