BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - According to officials from the Beaufort County Airports, the Hilton Head Island Airport does not meet some design standards required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The length of the runways is limited at the airport because of the height of the surrounding trees. Plans have been made to expand the runway and remove the trees in an effort to expand the airport and meet the guidelines administered by the FAA.
Beaufort County Airport officials said their current noncompliance with the design standard is not a safety hazard to those flying in and out of the small airport, but it does limit their day-to-day capabilities.
“That runway extension is going to enable us to keep up with the technology on both the private side and the commercial side,” said Beaufort County Airports Director Jon Rembold. “Just the geographic size of our airport limits us. Our goal really is just to maximize what we can do to serve the tourism business of Hilton Head and the business community of Hilton Head.”
Officials told WTOC they'll begin the expansion once they are cleared to remove the trees.