Hilton Head Airport

Hilton Head Airport
Hilton Head Airport Logo.jpeg
Airport typePublic
OwnerBeaufort County
ServesHilton Head Island, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates32°13′28″N 080°41′51″W / 32.22444°N 80.69750°W / 32.22444; -80.69750Coordinates:32°13′28″N 080°41′51″W / 32.22444°N 80.69750°W / 32.22444; -80.69750
HXD is located in South Carolina
HXD is located in the United States
Aircraft operations (2018)37,632
Based aircraft (2018)89
Scheduled departures (2019)1,595
Commercial passengers (2018)75,620
Freight/mail (lb.) (2019)1,587

Hilton Head Airport (IATA: HHH, ICAO: KHXD, FAA LID: HXD) is on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States.[1] Also known as Hilton Head Island Airport,[3] 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.[4] USDOT records say the airport had 56,330 passengers in calendar year 2017.[2]

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 Airways 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:


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, 2018, the airport had 37,632 aircraft operations, an average of 103 per day: 81% general aviation, 17% air taxi and 2% military. In July 2018, there were 89 aircraft based at this airport: 62% single-engine, 26% multi-engine, 9% jet, 2% helicopter and 1% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations


American EagleCharlotte
Seasonal: Boston,[11] Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Delta ConnectionAtlanta
Seasonal: Boston,[12] New York–LaGuardia
United ExpressWashington–Dulles[13]
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Newark, Pittsburgh, St. Louis[14]


UPS AirlinesColumbia (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.[2]

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from HXD (August 2020 – July 2021)[2]
1Charlotte, North Carolina61,620American
2Atlanta, Georgia37,004Delta
3New York-LaGuardia, New York8,110American, Delta
4Washington–Dulles, D.C.5,570United
5Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois5,008American, United
6Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,700American
7Washington–National, D.C.3,980American
8Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas3,360American
9Newark, New Jersey3,312United
10Boston, Massachusetts1,560American, Delta

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic
(2003 - 2020)

Airline market share

Carrier shares: August 2019 – July 2020[2]
CarrierPassengers (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. ^ a b c d e f "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hilton Head Island Airport". Beaufort County. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "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.
  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 serviceWilson, Lisa. "Hilton Head Island airport upgrades attracting larger planes to the runway". Island Packet. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Timetables". Sunshine Skies.
  10. ^ Mayle, Mary Carr. "Hilton Head airport to expand runway". Savannah Morning News.
  11. ^ "American Airlines is launching Saturday service from Boston to this warm-weather destination". www.boston.com.
  12. ^ "Delta is adding flights to popular leisure destinations this spring". www.boston.com.
  13. ^ "United Airlines expands to daily, year-round flights from Hilton Head Island to Dulles International Airport". 20 September 2021.
  14. ^ https://www.islandpacket.com/news/business/article250195345.html

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