Finding your way to the pristine beauty of Kiribati in the central Pacific is easier, thanks to a new service from Solomon Airlines and Air Kiribati. And that service was made possible in part due to the addition of Carmanah solar airport lighting.
In August 2017, Solomon Airlines and Air Kiribati will begin operating a new service from Brisbane, Australia, to Bonriki Airport in Tarawa, Kiribati, via Honiara, in the Solomon Islands. The Bonriki International Airport in Kiribati was able to provide additional flights during the night, when air carriers would otherwise be prohibited to land without adequate lighting.
Carmanah provided 107 runway lights and 41 taxiway lights to allow the airport to add more flights. In addition, the solar-powered lighting, which requires no trenching, can be installed in challenging conditions like this one, where the hard-coral ground compounds the challenges that traditional trenching and wiring can include. The Government of Kiribati ordered these lights from Orion Solar on May 1, 2017, and the company handed over the complete system on June 21, 2017—one of the fastest implementations of airfield lighting to date.