Honiara International Airport
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|Honiara International Airport
(formerly Henderson Field)
|Aerial view of aircraft wrecks at Henderson Field in 1942/43 with wrecked Grumman F4F-4 Wildcats and Douglas SBD Dauntless visible in the lower part of the picture|
|IATA: HIR – ICAO: AGGH|
|Elevation AMSL||28 ft / 9 m|
- 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.
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 Army 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 Boeing 767s.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Niugini||Nadi, Port Moresby|
|Fiji Airways||Nadi, Port Vila|
|Solomon Airlines||Afutara, Arona, Atoifi, Auki, Avuavu, Balalae, Batuna, Bellona, Brisbane, Choiseul Bay, Fera, Gatokae, Gizo, Jajao, Kagau, Kirakira, Marau, Mono, Munda, Nadi, Port Vila, Ramata, Rennell, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Seghe, Suavanao, Yandina|
|HeavyLift Cargo Airlines||Brisbane, Cairns|
|Pacific Air Express||Brisbane|
- Solomon Airlines Schedule https://content.engage.co.nz/Organizations/FlySolomons/sm_Assets/Schedule/SolomonsSchedule1.pdf
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- Airport information for AGGH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.