Hilton Head Airport
Hilton Head Airport
|Serves||Hilton Head Island, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||19 ft / 6 m|
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Hilton Head Airport ( IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA LID: HXD) is on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, South Carolina.  Also known as Hilton Head Island Airport,  it is owned by Beaufort County.  In Spring 2019, United Airlines began seasonal service to its hubs at Chicago-O’Hare, Newark, and Washington-Dulles, and American Airlines added seasonal service to its Washington-National hub to its existing service to Charlotte. Growth continued in May 2019, when Delta Air Lines resumed year round service to its hub in Atlanta, as well as adding a new seasonal route to New York-LaGuardia. All of these flights are operated by regional affiliates. One public charter airline operates limited service. It is the only airport on Hilton Head Island.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.  USDOT records say the airport had 56,330 passengers in calendar year 2017. 
Many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but this airport is HXD to the FAA  and HHH to the IATA.   The IATA code HHH is used for airline booking.
Hilton Head Island has been known for championship golf courses for decades. In the 1960s it was decided that an airport would allow an increase in the number of visitors to the island. Hilton Head Airport opened in 1967 with the help of professional golfer Arnold Palmer. An avid pilot, he also became the first person to land at HXD.  On July 5, 2018, Piedmont Airlines’ Bombardier Dash 8 service was ceased, and Republic Airline began serving Hilton Head Airport with the E175. This marks the first commercially scheduled jet service to the airport. 
In the past the airport was served by the following:[ citation needed]
- 1980 - 1984: Eastern Airlines ( Atlantis Airways)  with service to Atlanta and Charlotte, operated with a Dash 6
- 1991 - 1994: American Eagle Airlines with service to Raleigh-Durham, operated with an ATR 42/72 and a SAAB 340
- March 1, 1998 - ?: Continental Connection ( Colgan Air) with service to Atlanta, operated with a Beech 1900
- March 17, 2007 - November 30, 2008: Delta Connection ( Atlantic Southeast Airlines) with service to Atlanta, operated with an ATR 72
- March 4, 2010 - November 1, 2010: Delta Connection ( Mesaba Airlines) with service to Atlanta, operated with a Saab 340
- March 12, 2000 - August 6, 2015 US Airways Express with service to Charlotte and Washington, D.C., operated with a Bombardier Dash 8
- April 23, 1995 - May 3, 1997 Midway Connection ( Great Lakes Airlines) to Raleigh-Durham, operated with a Beech 1900
Hilton Head Airport covers 131 acres (53 ha) at an elevation of 19 feet (6 m). Its one runway, 3/21, is 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m).  The runway was extended; the airport is hoping to attract more air service. Other safety improvements have been completed, including the relocation of Taxiway A by 100 feet, added airfield drainage components, removal of trees in the flight path and the revision of the general aviation parking area. The runway extension was completed in the Summer of 2018. 
The current terminal building was built in 1995. At 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2), it has four airline gates. For the 12-month period ending July 31, 2016, the airport had 37,632 aircraft operations, an average of 103 per day: 81% general aviation, 17% air taxi and 2% military. In March 2017, there were 89 aircraft based at this airport: 55 single-engine, 23 multi-engine, 8 jet, 2 helicopter and 1 ultralight. 
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia
|United Express||Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Newark, Washington–Dulles|
|UPS Airlines||Columbia (SC)|
In 2018, HXD handled 75,620 total commercial passengers. The only commercial route to and from HXD at that time was to Charlotte, North Carolina. 
|1||Charlotte, North Carolina||57,730||American Eagle|
|2||Atlanta, Georgia||31,410||Delta Connection|
|3||Washington-Dulles, D.C.||14,930||United Express|
|4||Chicago-O’Hare, Illinois||2,020||United Express|
|5||Newark, New Jersey||1,840||United Express|
|6||Washington-National, D.C.||1,670||American Eagle|
|7||New York-LaGuardia, New York||620||Delta Connection|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
- FAA Airport Master Record for HXD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective Nov 30, 2017.
- "Hilton Head Island Airport". Beaufort County. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original ( PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012.
- "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (HHH: Hilton Head)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA: HXD)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "Hilton Head Island History". HiltonHeadIslandLifestyle.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-12.
- AA jet service Wilson, Lisa. "Hilton Head Island airport upgrades attracting larger planes to the runway". Island Packet. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
- "Timetables". Sunshine Skies.
- Hilton Head Island Airport at Beaufort County website
- Hilton Head (HXD) at South Carolina Aeronautics Commission website
- Signature Flight Support, the fixed-base operator
- Aerial image as of January 1994 from USGS The National Map
- ( PDF), effective June 18, 2020
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HXD, effective June 18, 2020
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