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
Summary
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
Website honiarainternational.com
Map
HIR is located in Solomon Islands
HIR
HIR
Location of the airport in Solomon Islands
Runways
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: HIR, ICAO: AGGH), formerly known as Henderson Field, is an airport on Guadalcanal Island in the nation of Solomon Islands. It is the only international airport in the country and is located 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the capital Honiara.

History[edit]

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 Battle for Henderson Field during the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II.

Henderson Field was named for Marine Major Lofton Henderson, commanding officer of VMSB-241 who was the first Marine aviator killed in action at the Battle of Midway while leading his squadron in an attack against Japanese carrier forces.

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]

Passenger[edit]

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

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
HeavyLift Cargo Airlines Brisbane, Cairns
Pacific Air Express Brisbane

References[edit]

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