Kona at Keahole KOA Airport Overview
KOA Airport is located in the town of Keahole, on the island's west side, about seven miles northwest of Kailua-Kona, and is accessible via the access roadway extending from Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
With a very long runway, and nearly 3 million passengers annually, Kona International Airport is served by a number of domestic and foreign airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
The passenger terminal at Kona International is divided into North & South Terminals, and is accessible via the Kupipi Street, a one-way loop enclosing public parking and rental car check-in facilities. In the center of the terminal complex is the Onizuka Memorial.
Recently the terminal's exterior receive a new paint job; skylight replacement at restaurant; air-conditioned enclosures at TSA security checkpoints; South Terminal's baggage carousel upgrade (and other non-terminal improvements).
Present and future Airport Developments: Under the the Kona Terminal Modernization Program, projects completed involved mostly non-terminal work - other than replacement & upgrade of baggage carousels.
Ongoing projects are as well of a non-teminal nature.
Long-term projects include relocation of the Onizuka Space Center; consolidating security checkpoint to a central location connecting to both North & South Terminals; adding new baggage carousel at South Terminal, installing air-conditioning in hold rooms & new food court; expanding terminal & adding up to 5 new gates.