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Lanai Airport to receive safety upgrades following Ellison’s airline purchases

June 29, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59With the Island Air and soon-to-be-announced go! airline acquisitions under his wings, billionaire Larry Ellison is getting a boost from the state of Hawaii with planned runway safety area improvements for the only airport on Lanai.

The state has prepared, under the National Environmental Policy Act, a draft environmental assessment which is available to the public on Lanai at the airport and the public library, as well as at the Hawaii State Public Library in Honolulu, the state Department of Transportation’s Airport Division in Honolulu and at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Honolulu Airports District Office in Honolulu,

The proposed improvements call for grading and filling at various locations, including on the south end of the runway, as well as the installation of a blast pad on the south end of the runway to reduce soil erosion.

Additionally, plans call for the removal and reinstallation of security fencing and the relocation of aircraft navigational aids, the draft Environmental Assessment said.

Comments on the proposed project must be received by July 15. Go here to learn more.

Ellison, 68, the CEO of Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) who purchased 98 percent of Lanai last year from Castle & Cooke CEO David Murdock, acquired Island Air in February and his purchase of go!is expected to be officially announced on Friday. With the two airlines, he will have a total of nine aircraft in his Hawaii fleet.

In a presentation to community members, Ellison’s Lanai Resorts LLC, said that it plans to add a second runway to Lanai Airport, which would allow much bigger planes to fly to the Pineapple Island and thus improve overall access there.

Edited By : Bill Hurley

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