When Will Municipal Project Finish
Keeping it on the topic of aviation, we asked the Minister about the Municipal Airstrip project. In December 2012, government broke ground but over
three years alter, construction still isn’t finished. Today Minister Heredia gave us an update on the works.
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism
"That municipal airstrip when completed supposed to be one of the best municipal airstrips in the country. It is estimated to cost probably 17 million
dollars at the end with running lights, with an apron; no other airstrip has an apron. This will be almost similar to the international airport but a
little smaller. I believe it will be more modern than the international airport. If you look around now they are working on the fencing, will be well
fenced, it will have a huge parking area, hot mix parking area with security if you want to travel somewhere and leave your vehicle it will be very
safe over there for a minimal fee. So we're trying to do not only Belize City but all out airstrips. Fencing them, making sure they are to at least the
minimum standards; again looking into safety and making sure our tourist and our local people can get the best service."
The total cost of the project is estimated at $9.5 million dollars which is being funded in part by the Social Security board with a loan agreement
signed with the Belize Airport Authority.
$17 Million Municipal Airstrip Almost Completed
The Belize Tourism Board reported last week that tourism numbers for 2015 were impressive with growth in airport arrivals. These numbers are expected to grow even further this year. This morning, Minister Heredia disclosed that the seventeen-million-dollar municipal airstrip project is about to conclude. The expansion includes the modernization of the Belize City airstrip to bring it to standards which would surpass the international airport.
Manuel Heredia, Minister of Civil Aviation
“The contract calls for the ending of March, but personally I believe that it will be till the middle of April cause we had some little delays. But that municipal airstrip, when complete is supposed to be one of the best municipal airstrips in the country. It is estimated to cost almost seventeen million dollars at the end, with running lights, with an apron—no other airstrips have an apron. It will be similar to international airport, but a little smaller. But I believe that it will be more modern than the international airport. If you look around they are working on the fencing. It will have a huge parking area; hot mix parking area with security. If you want to travel somewhere and leave your vehicle, it will be safe over there for a minimal fee. So we are trying to do not only Belize City, but all our airstrips, making sure that they are at the minimum standards—looking into safety and making sure that our tourists and our local people can get the best.”
The minister also confirmed the termination of four employees, saying that it is a matter being dealt with at the technical level in civil aviation. The minister also said that persons that do not comply with the necessary training and standards cannot remain in the system.