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KOA - airport closed, runway cracks, 15 - 16 January 2024

Old Jan 15, 2024, 9:00 pm
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KOA - airport closed, runway cracks, 15 - 16 January 2024

Landing at HNL. I am sure someone else can do a link. kOA is closed indefinitely for runway cracks.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 9:02 pm
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UA Diverting to Maui, Honolulu with cracks open at Kona runway, closing airport

It looks like UA is diverting their Kona bound flights to other airports.

UA1723 looks like it's going to OGG
UA1758 is going to HNL


⚠️ Here is the latest update from Hawaii Department of Transportation on the Kona ✈️ airport situation.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) shut down operations at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole at 4:20 p.m. today to assess cracks on the runway and keep air travelers safe.

HDOT is measuring the usable runway length and will provide the information to airline operators to determine how to reopen the runway while restricting planes from the damaged areas. HDOT is also working with contractors to mill and resurface the affected area.

The HDOT has a project that will reconstruct the entire 11,000 foot runway this year. Cracks had developed and the runway pavement degradation had accelerated due to the recent rains.

Passengers are advised to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 9:02 pm
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https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2024/0...rt-state-says/

Kona’s international airport is closed “until further notice” after cracks were discovered on the runway Monday, triggering a growing number of flight delays.

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“HDOT is measuring the usable runway length and will provide the information to airline operators to determine how to reopen the runway while restricting planes from the damaged areas,” the state said, in a release.


Maybe could do circle trips like DEN-KOA-HNL-DEN if there's enough runway.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 9:19 pm
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Only one runway, but it's a long one. I think it was a space shuttle emergency alternate airport.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 10:24 pm
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It appears there may be 8,000 usable feet of the runway . UA's loaded 737s need 9,700 feet and the 752 needs 10,500.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 10:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy
It appears there may be 8,000 usable feet of the runway . UA's loaded 737s need 9,700 feet and the 752 needs 10,500.
Ugh, 737s (all gen) are runway gobblers. Surprised a 757 needs that much vs it's wheezy sibling...
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 10:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy
It appears there may be 8,000 usable feet of the runway . UA's loaded 737s need 9,700 feet and the 752 needs 10,500.
OK, but with suitable weight restrictions, 8,000 feet is plenty for both aircraft types: UA flies LIH-SFO with 737s, and LIH-DEN with 757s; the runways at LIH are just 6,500' long.

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Old Jan 15, 2024, 10:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy
It appears there may be 8,000 usable feet of the runway . UA's loaded 737s need 9,700 feet and the 752 needs 10,500.
UA operates plenty of mainland - OGG, which is 7,000 ft.
Edit: Where did you find these insane runway lengths needed? Plenty of airports don’t meet the criteria you suggested yet operate with 737/757/777 everyday.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 10:40 pm
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Originally Posted by born sleepy
Ugh, 737s (all gen) are runway gobblers. Surprised a 757 needs that much vs it's wheezy sibling...
8000' can easily be handled by the 737SFPs UA uses to/from Kauai, also the 752s, and other 737s.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 10:41 pm
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There's ITO on the other side of the island. That one has a runway of 9800ft and very little traffic.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 11:30 pm
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 11:33 pm
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Ah, third world problems. Don't you love 'em
Where do those tax dollars go?
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 12:03 am
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It should reopen tomorrow after they patch the 10x10 hole.
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 12:11 am
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Just flew out on UA1711 at 230pm. Wow! There were no indications of any issues at that time.

Funnily as a GS I was #22 on the upgrade list. After applying PP I was at #8 (on a Q fare). I was grumbling about that… but glad that I got out safely! (On a 767 with PP, no less.)
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy
It should reopen tomorrow after they patch the 10x10 hole.
If you look on the sat image from GMaps, you can see what looks like some issues with the surface.
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