✅ Verified Review
| An update on my last report in 2010. I travel to the Solomon Islands frequently, and there are improvements from time to time. The International terminal is still a hot and humid experience. On arrival there is a walk across the tarmac in the tropical sun, followed by queuing to go through immigration although the actual passport control area is now air-conditioned. However the luggage carousel and customs area is not. On departure the check-in area is not air conditioned and there can be long queues - the recommendation to be there two hours before departure holds true. However, there is now air-conditioning in security and outgoing passport control and in the departure lounge you can choose a couple of air-conditioned areas you can choose to spend money in (one of which is now a cafe). Alternatively, if you are flying Solomon Airlines Business Class, or are a member of the Belama Club, or a gold or platinum Qantas Frequent Flyer flying on a QF code share on Solomon Airlines: there is a small lounge called the Belama Lounge which is a small but pleasant retreat with a little bit of food, some older magazines and a limited array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Once again, going back to the plane is across the tarmac. A note of caution on going to the airport: due to significant road works (to fix significant road damage) there can be large traffic jams, especially until the bridge is duplicated across the Mataniko river (perhaps early in 2018?). Accordingly allow at least one hour to get from the Honiara CBD at Point Cruz to the airport. For those using the Domestic Terminal - no air-conditioning and limited facilities (one small cafe), though the toilets are still working in the arrivals area. It is a very sweaty and sunny four hundred metre walk from the International Terminal. There are no signs to tell you when planes are leaving - keep an ear out for announcements. The ratings are for the International Terminal - subtract a couple of stars for the Domestic. Finally, would I recommend the International Terminal? The staff do their best and it is the only International Airport in the Solomon Islands. There are never more than two or three planes at a time, and it copes. If you do not expect luxury you will not be disappointed.