Solomon Airlines touched down in Sydney yesterday morning operating a one off commercial flight transporting passengers and cargo from Honiara to Sydney and Brisbane to connect with services to further destinations.

The special commercial flight brings international passengers home from Solomon Islands  Passengers on board the Airbus A320 aircraft are destined for Australia and New Zealand, USA, UK and Europe, Japan and the Philippines.

The special flight was operated following consultation with the Solomon Islands Government and foreign High Commissions. Flight IE4710 departed Honiara Henderson International Airport at 5:40am Thursday morning, arrived in Sydney at 8:40am, departed Sydney at 10:00am and arrived in Brisbane at 11:15am.

The service was operated in line with Ministry of Health and Solomon Airlines safety requirements.

“This was a special flight to support passengers currently in the Solomon Islands who wished to return to their home countries,” said Solomon Airlines CEO Brett Gebers.

“While Solomon Islands’ borders remain closed and inbound passengers are currently not permitted to enter the country in accordance with Solomon Islands Government directions, all stakeholders conferred and agreed to operate this outbound flight,” he said.

Source: Solomon Airlines