Solomon Airlines to operate repatriation flights from Fiji and Kiribati

Solomon Airlines Airbus A320 taxiing at Munda Airport, Western Province, Solomon Islands Photo: lasafotografix

Solomon Airlines will operate a series of further repatriation flights later this month to bring more stranded Solomon Islands citizens home from Fiji and Kiribati.

The same flights will also enable foreign nationals to depart Solomon Islands to Australia and other onward international destinations.

In a statement issued last Friday, Solomon Airlines stated that those scheduled repatriation flights would be subject to regulatory approval.

Below are the details and vital information for those special flights:

November 19

– Honiara-Tarawa-Nadi Flight IE626 will operate as a commercial flight departing Honiara at 7am, arriving in Tarawa at 10.45am, re-departing Tarawa at 11.45am and arrive in Nadi at 2.25pm;

– A negative COVID-19 test result taken three days prior to departure is required to be accepted for boarding;

– Passengers are unable to be accepted to Tarawa only on this service due to Government of Kiribati restrictions;

– In Tarawa, Solomon Islands government-approved passengers will board for travel to Honiara only via Nadi.

November 19

– Nadi-Honiara Flight IE627 will operate as a repatriation charter only for Solomon Islands government-approved passengers;

– Departs Nadi at 3.45pm, arrive in Honiara at 5.45pm.

November 20

– Honiara-Brisbane Flight IE601 will operate as a one-way commercial flight travelling from Honiara to Brisbane;

– The flight will depart Honiara at 3.15pm, arriving in Brisbane at 5.30pm;

– Seats are strictly limited in accordance with Australia Border Force and QLD Health quarantine requirements.

(Source: Solomon Airlines)

The airline said that all flights into Solomon Islands were government-managed repatriation charter flights.

It advised passengers wishing to travel to contact their nearest Solomon Islands government embassy or mission for details.

It emphasised that a negative COVID-19 test result taken two days prior to departure was required to be accepted for boarding.

“Passengers wishing to leave Solomon Islands on the Honiara to Brisbane services must have approved right of entry to Australia or an immediate connection in Brisbane within eight hours of arrival. All transit passengers will be required to provide proof of onward connections prior to booking,” the airline stated.

The airline noted that all its flights comply fully with the COVID-19 regulations of the relevant countries, and crew on board the airline’s A320 aircraft wore facemasks and gloves for the duration of service, and minimal catering to reduce contact.

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