Ulawa Airport is an airport located in Arona, a conurbation on Ulawa Island of the Solomon Islands. It serves Ulawa Island, an island in the Solomon Islands located near Malaita Island, belonging to the Makira Ulawa Province. Ulawa Airport is one of the only 41 airports in the territory of the Solomon Islands, forming part of the transport in the territory.
Ulawa Island has an area of 65 square kilometres, and has a small population of around 4,429. The island is first recorded and sighted by the Spanish expedition of Alvaro de Mendana in May of 1568. It was charted as “La Treguada”, although records show that the natives called it Uraba. Later on, it was called using its name today. Solomon Islands is an archipelago and sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu, and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres in total. This means that having airports is a must – since the only way to transfer from one island to another is by flying or by sailing.
Ulawa Airport provides connections to the capital Honiara, through the major airport, Honiara International Airport.
The airport has a single terminal that handles all flights and services. The terminal is small, and can only handle a certain number of passengers (about 20-30) at any given time.
Services and Facilities
The airport is located at coordinates 9°51′17″ South and 161°58′45″ East on the map. It has one runway, designated 6/24, that measures 2,952 feet long, which gives an impression that it can only handle small aircraft and therefore domestic or regional flights only. The airport is served by Solomon Airlines, the national airline of the Solomon Islands. Solomon Airlines is based in Honiara, and has a fleet size of 7 aircraft. It mainly flies to domestic and regional destinations, connecting the islands to the nearby countries, and connecting its local cities to each other.