Solomon Airlines Suspends Flights to Four Domestic Airports Due to Safety Concerns
Solomon Airlines has officially announced the immediate suspension of all flights to four domestic airports; Balalae Island (BAS), Manaoba Airport (MHM), Mono Airport (MNY), and Bellona (BNY), effective from November 10. The decision to suspend services is a result of the absence of windsocks at these aerodromes and will remain in place until further notice.
Acting CEO of Solomon Airlines, Napoleon Padabela, expressed the airline’s regret for any inconvenience caused to the traveling public and the communities served by these airports. Padabela stated, “The Solomon Airlines Safety Review Committee, after careful consideration, has suspended these services for safety reasons, taking into account the volatility of the weather.”
Solomon Islands is experiencing bad weather at this point in time and just at the start of cyclone season in November, Honiard
Highlighting safety as the top priority, Padabela emphasized that the decision is rooted in the airline’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of both aircraft crew and passengers. He extended apologies to passengers who may have experienced changes or delays to their flights during this process.
Padabela further affirmed the airline’s dedication to collaboration with relevant authorities, including SIACL (Solomon Islands Airports Corporation Limited) and MCA (Civil Aviation), to promptly address the issue. The objective is to equip the affected airports appropriately and resume flight operations once safety standards are met.
Solomon Airlines assures the public of its commitment to resolving the matter efficiently while maintaining transparency. Regular updates will be provided to stakeholders and the public as the situation develops.
Source: Solomon Airlines