$58.7M customs facility complete at Kona International Airport

  • The exterior of the Federal Inspection Services facility is seen from the runway at Kona International Airport in this rendering. Designers hope the "KOA" will a welcome sight to arriving and departing passengers. (Courtesy of KYA, Inc./Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The interior of the 32,700-square-foot Federal Inspection Services is seen in this rendering. The $58.7 million, which will be blessed today, provides a second international gateway into the state. (Courtesy of KYA, Inc./Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A tour group waiting area is also part of the new Federal Inspection Services facility. (Courtesy of KYA, Inc./Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The exterior of the 7,000-square-foot enclosed holdroom within the new $58.7 million Federal Inspection Services is seen in this rendering. (Courtesy of KYA, Inc./Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The 7,000-square-foot enclosed holdroom within the new $58.7 million Federal Inspection Services is seen in this rendering. The holdroom provides an 11th gate for the airport, in addition to space for passengers during an emergency, inclement weather or delayed flight. (Courtesy of KYA, Inc./Special to West Hawaii Today)

Construction of a permanent Federal Inspection Services facility to allow for continued international arrivals beyond this year at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole has been completed under budget and ahead of schedule.