The Solomon Islands minister of communication and aviation, Peter Shanel Angovaka, has told parliament that the first international commercial flight from Brisbane into Munda is expected in June.
The Munda airfield has been developed over the past eight years as part of a US$35 million dollar series of projects paid for by New Zealand to try and develop tourism and fishing in Western Province.
The minister said preparation work for Munda to qualify for international flights was progressing well and that the airport was only waiting on the delivery of a new fire truck, navigational aids and other equipment for the terminal.
He said two fire trucks funded by New Zealand were expected to arrive next month and one of them would be delivered to Munda.
Munda will serve as a divert field for international flights to Honiara.