Posted on: 28 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Solomon Airlines will begin operation of a new direct service between the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara and Nadi in Fiji on 4 November 2015, subject to government approval.
The carrier will utilise its flagship Airbus A320 on the route which is scheduled to operate from Honiara on Wednesdays, departing at 15:15 and arriving in Nadi at 20:15. The return flight from Nadi will take place on Thursdays, taking off at 11:00 and arriving in Honiara at 12:00 (all times local).
The new service builds on Solomon Airlines’ existing Honiara–Nadi service which operates via Port Vila, Vanuatu, on Saturdays and returns to Honiara, again via Port Vila, on Sundays.
This new direct flight represents a further expansion of Solomon Airlines’ international network in recent months, the carrier having started a direct Sydney–Honiara service in June.
Solomon Airlines general manager operations & commercial, Gus Kraus, said the new Honiara–Nadi service held great significance for the prospect of increased trade and business links between the two countries as well as a closer relationship with a key Melanesian neighbour.
“[Just] as importantly, this new direct service opens up even more opportunity for international travellers to make seamless connections via Fiji into the Solomon Islands, and particularly from North America and northern Asia,” remarked Kraus. “This new service represents yet another major benchmark for Solomon Airlines in a very proud 53-year history.”
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