Honiara International Airport

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Honiara International Airport
(formerly Henderson Field)
Solomon Airlines Airbus A320-211 at Honiara Airport in 2012.JPG
Solomon Airlines Airbus A320-211 at Honiara Airport in 2012
Airport type Civilian
Location Guadalcanal
Elevation AMSL 28 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 09°25′41″S 160°03′17″E / 9.42806°S 160.05472°E / -9.42806; 160.05472Coordinates: 09°25′41″S 160°03′17″E / 9.42806°S 160.05472°E / -9.42806; 160.05472
HIR is located in Solomon Islands
Location of the airport in Solomon Islands
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 7,218 2,200 Asphalt
For the military history of the airport, see Henderson Field (Guadalcanal)

Honiara International Airport (IATA: HIRICAO: 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.


Further information: Battle for Henderson Field

In 1942 the airfield was under construction by the Imperial Japanese Navy when captured by American forces, who went on to complete it. Control of the airstrip was the focus of months of fighting in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II.

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 737s.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Niugini Nadi, Port Moresby International
Fiji Airways Nadi, Port Vila[1] International
Nauru Airlines Brisbane, Nauru International
Solomon Airlines Brisbane, Nadi, Port Vila, Sydney International
Solomon Airlines Afutara, Arona, Atoifi, Auki, Bellona, Fera, Gizo, Jajao, Kagau, Kirakira, Marau, Ramata, Seghe, Suavanao[2] Domestic
Virgin Australia Brisbane International


Airlines Destinations
HeavyLift Cargo Airlines Brisbane, Cairns
Pacific Air Express Brisbane


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