Hilton Head Airport

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Hilton Head Airport
Hilton Head Airport Logo.jpeg
Airport typePublic
Owner Beaufort County
Serves Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Elevation  AMSL19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 32°13′28″N 080°41′51″W / 32.22444°N 80.69750°W / 32.22444; -80.69750
Latitude and Longitude:

32°13′28″N 080°41′51″W / 32.22444°N 80.69750°W / 32.22444; -80.69750
Website www.hiltonheadairport.com/...
HXD is located in South Carolina
HXD is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations (2016)37,632
Scheduled departures (2015)1,506
Commercial passengers56,330
Freight/mail (lb.)2,181

Hilton Head Airport ( IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA LID: HXD) is on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United Stated. [1] Also known as Hilton Head Island Airport, [2] it is owned by Beaufort County. [1]

In the spring of 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. [3] USDOT records say the airport had 56,330 passengers in calendar year 2017. [4]

Many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but this airport is HXD to the FAA [1] and HHH to the IATA. [5] [6] 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. [7] On July 5, 2018, Piedmont AirlinesBombardier 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. [8]

In the past the airport was served by the following:[ citation needed]


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). [1] 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. [10]

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. [1]

Airlines and destinations


American Eagle Charlotte
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Delta Connection Atlanta
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. [4]

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from HXD (Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2019) [4]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
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

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at HXD, CY 2003 through 2018 [4]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 151,000
2009 136,000
2018 75,620 2008 161,000
2017 56,330 2007 172,000
2016 64,700 2006 126,000
2015 79,000 2005 135,000
2014 112,000 2004 128,000
2013 117,000 2003 123,000
2012 122,000 2002
2011 123,000 2001

Airline market share

Carrier shares: August 2019 – July 2020 [4]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Republic Airways
Envoy Air


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Form 5010 for HXD PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective Nov 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Hilton Head Island Airport". Beaufort County. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ a b c d e "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (HHH: Hilton Head)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA: HXD)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Hilton Head Island History". HiltonHeadIslandLifestyle.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-12.
  8. ^ AA jet service Wilson, Lisa. "Hilton Head Island airport upgrades attracting larger planes to the runway". Island Packet. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Timetables". Sunshine Skies.
  10. ^ http://www.savannahnow.com/news/2017-03-15/hilton-head-airport-expand-runway

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