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For the military history of the airport, see Henderson Field (Guadalcanal)
Honiara International Airport ( IATA: HIR, ICAO: AGGH), formerly known as Henderson Field, is an airport located on Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands. It is the only international airport in the Solomon Islands and is located 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the capital Honiara.
History [ edit ]
Control of the airstrip was the focus of
months of fighting in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II. In 1942 the airfield was under construction by the Imperial Japanese Navy when captured by American forces, who went on to complete it.
Henderson Field was named for
Marine Major Lofton Henderson, commanding officer of VMSB-241 who was killed in action at the Battle of Midway while leading his squadron into action against the Japanese carrier forces thereby becoming the first Marine aviator to perish during the battle.
The field was abandoned after the war, but reopened in 1969 as a modernized civilian airport. The airport is capable of accommodating
Airlines and destinations [ edit ]
Passenger [ edit ]
Nadi, Port Moresby International
Nadi, Port Vila [1 ] International
Brisbane, Nadi, Port Vila, Sydney (resumes 2 June 2015) [2 ] International
Afutara, Arona, Atoifi, Auki, Bellona, Fera, Gizo, Jajao, Kagau, Kirakira, Marau, Ramata, Seghe, Suavanao [3 ] Domestic
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