Million Air will add Hawaii to its network starting early next year when a temporary facility operated by its franchisee Freeman Holdings Group opens as the second FBO at Honolulu Kalaeloa Airport/John Rodgers Field.
Formerly Barbers Point Naval Air Station, the airfield, less than 10 miles from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, was turned over to the state in 1999 when the military facility closed. It features an 8,000-foot main runway and offers an uncongested alternative to Honolulu’s busy main airport, as well as access to the trendy Ko Olina resort area.
The first phase of construction on the permanent $20 million FBO includes a fuel farm with a capacity of 150,000 gallons of jet-A and 10,000 gallons of avgas. It is slated for completion by the end of the year. Groundbreaking on a 10,000-sq-ft terminal with café and a 30,000-sq-ft hangar, capable of sheltering ultra-long-range business jets, is slated for the second quarter of 2022.
“We are always looking for underutilized airports across the country that would benefit from our involvement and private investment that would serve as a catalyst for increasing activity,” said Freeman CEO Scott Freeman. “We have long had Kalaeloa on our list of potential growth locations, and after some due diligence, we felt it was a project worth pursuing.”