Lighting failure closes airport runway in Hilo

HILO (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Transportation has indefinitely closed one of two runways at the Hilo International Airport after the lights went out.

Department spokesman Jai Cunningham said the runway went dark on Friday and airport personnel are trying to determine the cause, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Officials have urged travelers to check with their airlines for possible changes if they are scheduled to fly in or out of the airport during the evening or early morning hours. At least one flight was rerouted to Honolulu so far.

The other runaway remains operational, but it is shorter and cannot accommodate aircraft used in trans-Pacific flights, Cunningham said. The Kona International Airport remains open.


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