AS the countdown to the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara later this year continues, the Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands, Miwa Yoshiaki highlighted that the modern Honiara International Airport can receive more athletes.
The airport facilities have been modernised under the recently completed Japan-funded Honiara International Airport Improvement Project and were handed over by Ambassador Yoshiaki to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week.
More than 5,000 athletes and officials have been confirmed to join the premier regional sporting event to be hosted by Solomon Islands for the first time from November to December.
“…I hope the upgraded airport will receive many athletes from the region at the time of the Pacific Games 2023, foreign tourists and investors,” Ambassador Yoshiaki said.
The Japanese Ambassador also expressed hope that Honiara International Airport will play an important role in the development of Solomon Islands and the Asia-Pacific region.
Construction work on the infrastructures for the games are progressing well and are expected to be handed over by the People’s Republic of China to the People and Government of Solomon Islands in June- four months before the games begin.
By LACHLAN EDDIE HOE
Solomon Star, Honiara