Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole is on the Island of Hawaiʻi, in Kalaoa CDP, Hawaiʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The airport serves leeward, or Western Hawaiʻi island, including the town of Kailua-Kona and the resorts of the North Kona and South Kohala districts, it is included in the Federal Aviation Administration National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. Much of the runway is built on a recent lava flow: the 1801 Huʻehuʻe flow from Hualālai; this flow extended the shoreline out an estimated 1 mi, adding some 4 km2 of land to the island and creating Keāhole Point. The new airport opened on July 1970, with a single 6,500-foot runway. Construction crews from Bechtel Corporation had used three million pounds of dynamite to flatten the lava flow within 13 months. In its first full year, 515,378 passengers passed through the new open-air tropical-style terminals; the aquaculture ponds and solar energy experiments at the nearby Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority can be seen during landing and take-off.
It was known as Ke-āhole Airport, since the ʻāhole fish was found nearby. Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines were the primary air carriers serving the airport during the early and mid 1970s with inter-island flights from Honolulu on Oahu, Kahului on Maui and Lihue on Kauai with Aloha operating Boeing 737-200 jets and Hawaiian operating McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 jets at this time. In the late 1970s, Hawaiian was operating larger McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 jets on its inter-island flights. By early 1985, United Airlines was operating nonstop service into the airport from both Los Angeles and San Francisco with Douglas DC-8-71 and wide body McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jetliners. Runway extension to 11,000 feet was completed in 1994, making it the largest in the Hawaiian Islands after Honolulu, it became Keāhole-Kona International Airport in 1993. On January 1, 2017 the airport was renamed Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole to honor fallen astronaut Ellison Onizuka, born and raised in Kona.
Japan Airlines started a Kona-Tokyo flight in 1996. The suspension of this route from 2010 to September 2017 left the island with only one scheduled international flight for a time. Hawaiian Airlines filed an application with the US Department of Transportation for nonstop flights from Kona to Tokyo's Haneda Airport restoring the link between the two cities after Japan Airlines ended flights to Narita Airport in 2010; the US Department of Transportation rejected the airline's application despite support from residents of west Hawaii. On October 23, 2013, Hawaiian Airlines announced that they would re-apply to the US Department of Transportation for nonstop Kona-Haneda flights a year after the airline was rejected to fly that route in favor of Delta's Seattle to Haneda nonstop. On July 8, 2016, Hawaiian Airlines announced that they would begin nonstop Kona-Haneda flights on December 20, 2016 after the US Department of Transportation awarded Hawaiian Airlines the route in May. JAL's resumption of daily Tokyo service in 2017 generated 900 jobs and $8.58 million in tax revenue on the Big Island during its first year, according to the Hawaiian Tourism Authority.
Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole covers 2,700 acres at an elevation of 47 feet above mean sea level. It has 17/35, 11,000 by 150 feet; the state government of Hawaiʻi facility operates a runway and a terminal complex of single story buildings along the eastern edge of the airfield for passengers, air cargo and mail, airport support, general aviation. Kona International is the only remaining major airport in the Hawaiian Islands where a mobile ramp is used to plane and deplane passengers. Kona International sees daily Airbus and Boeing jetliner service including 717, 737, 757, 767, A321, A330 and 777 aircraft, as well as smaller inter-island aircraft, general private aviation; the airport terminal is a rambling, open-air set of structures. Long after other airports in Hawaiʻi converted their terminals to multi-story buildings with automated jetway systems, Hawaiian Airlines could still utilize their DC-9 fleet's tailcone exits at Kailua-Kona. An environmental impact statement was prepared in 2005 to add a second runway.
The United States Air Force investigated building a second 3,950 ft runway in 2009. This would be used for practicing landing C-17 military cargo planes on a short runway. Although the 11,000 ft runway allows flights to Japan and Chicago, it is the only major airport in Hawaii with a single runway. In the year ending June 30, 2016 the airport had 120,879 aircraft operations, an average of 331 per day: 49% general aviation, 21% scheduled commercial, 17% air taxi, 13% military. A total of 66 aircraft were based at this airport; the airport has two gate areas: Terminal 1 has gates 1–5 with Baggage Claim'A' Terminal 2 has gates 6–10 with Baggage Claim'B'. On August 25, 1977 an Air Cargo Hawaii twin-turboprop Short SC.7 Skyvan crashed and burned while attempting to land at Keahole Airport. The pilot and passenger were killed; the crash occurred about 1.5 mi short of the runway. On September 10, 1989 the pilot of an Aero Commander 680 was making an emergency landing on runway 17 due to loss of power in the right engine.
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Sewri is a locality along the eastern edge of South Mumbai, in Maharashtra, India. It is the name of a railway station on the Central Railway Harbour Line. Sewri was a small hamlet on the eastern shore of the Parel island, one of the original seven islands of Bombay. Sewri has a fort that dates back to 1770; the Agri-Horticultural Society had established gardens at Sewri, which were acquired in 1865 by Arthur Crawford the Municipal Commissioner of Bombay, for building a European cemetery. Large parts of Sewri belong to the Bombay Port Trust and were incorporated into the harbour facilities. In 1996, the mangrove swamps of Sewri were declared a protected ecology. Lesser flamingos from other parts of India come to these mangroves to breed; the coastal area of locality includes a wetland. The flamingos arrive at the mudflats from the months of October to March every year; these mudflats are near the Sewri jetty, a 20-minute walk from the railway station. The Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road which consist of four adjacent roads begins at Sewri and ends at Maheshwari Udyan near King's Circle station.
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Sewri Flamingo Point Bombay