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Work got under way last week that will make the runway at Keahole Airport the second longest in the state.
The $30 million project, which will lengthen and strengthen the Big Island's existing runway and taxiway, is expected to be completed by June 1994.
When completed, the runway will total 11,000 feet in length, 1,000 feet shorter than the reef runway at Honolulu International Airport.
Keahole's existing 6,500-foot runway is being modified to accommodate direct overseas services by wide-body aircraft including those operated by United Airlines.
The $10.8 million extension will allow flights, including United …