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Temporary change to Munda operations due runway upgrade works

Posted on May 05, 2023 at 05:00 PM in General News

Solomon Airlines is alerting passengers to an interim change to flight operations to and from Munda due to current works to upgrade the Munda Airport runway.

As part of the Munda Airport construction project, the runway is also being upgraded, requiring resurfacing of the overlay in stages.

As a result, effective from 11 May until 4 Jun, 2023, Solomon Airlines flights to Munda, which are usually operated by our 36-seat Dash 8 aircraft, will instead be operated by the airline’s Twin Otter aircraft.

“As soon as we are able, we will bring back our Dash 8, and will do our best to limit any inconvenience to our passengers,” said Mr Gus Kraus CEO of Solomon Airlines.

“However as these improvements are being made, for about a three week period, we need to operate an aircraft with a shorter landing distance.

“We are also acting according to our duty of care for our passengers, as with a shorter runway available during works on Munda runway, we must conasider risk and safety factors,” he said.

Solomon Airlines said under the temporary Munda schedule, some flights will be operated by Twin Otter between Munda and Gizo, connecting in Gizo to Dash 8 flights to Honiara and return. On other days, direct flights between Munda and Honiara will will be operated by the Twin Otter aircraft type.

“We are also aware that progress with the runway resurfacing is weather dependent, so we are hoping for good weather and will continue to liaise with the airport authorities as to their progress,“ he added.

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