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#504403 - 05/21/15 06:26 AM Municipal Airstrip “Safer” After Renovations
Marty Offline

As we told you, there has been major upgrading of the Municipal Airstrip which, to the minds of the carriers, was long overdue and sorely needed. It is widely perceived that the existing airstrip, perched precariously just feet from the sea, was not safe. Even with the renovations, the facility is still just a short distance from the sea, so we asked Grief to speak to us about safety, now, and when the upgrading is completed.

Mike Rudon

“You mentioned the municipal airstrip. I notice one runway is almost complete; can you speak to us about safety? Is this relatively speaking, a safe runway or a safer runway than it was?”

John Grief III

John Grief III

“Like is said safety is relative, the existing municipal airstrip as it is, is safe but when it is finished it will be safer. We have learnt from other people mistakes, there is a taxi way so a plane can taxi down to the end of the runaway and wait while other planes land and it speeds up the movement the amount that the airport can take. So we build the taxi way first and now we are going to use the taxi way as a runway while we fix the old runway pack it let it settle and re do it,. So that should take about another year, when that is finish what is now the temporary runway will be the new taxi way to taxi back to the new improved runway which we will be able to use. So efficiency will increase, safety will increase and the perception, it will be a better looking airport will increase for our locals and our tourist.”

Mike Rudon

“In terms of how the industry is growing ant eh work being done at what point will the work need to expand or will there need to be more work done to meet the demands of the industry?

John Grief III

“Aviation by nature is dynamic, so planes whizzing through the air at two hundred miles per hour. So we don’t really know, we had an incredible year for 2014. 2014 was up by twenty percent for tropic over 2013. We didn’t see it coming so we were flatfooted, we had to buy more airplanes, and we had to pull back on other routes that we were expanding on internationally. But the improvement that are being done to the municipal should serve us way past mine and your lifetime and its difficult to plan past ones lifetime so I couldn’t speak to that.”

Channel 5

#511346 - 02/04/16 05:17 AM Re: Municipal Airstrip “Safer” After Renovations [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
The new taxiway is complete at the Municipal Airport. The new runway is furiously being worked on today (7/16/2015).

#511347 - 02/04/16 05:17 AM Re: Municipal Airstrip “Safer” After Renovations [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

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.

Channel 7

$17 Million Municipal Airstrip Almost Completed

Manuel Heredia

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.

Channel 5

#515132 - 06/17/16 06:27 AM Re: Municipal Airstrip “Safer” After Renovations [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Municipal Airstrip, Finally

The date is finally set for the formal opening of the Belize municipal airstrip. In 2012 government broke ground for the expansion of the runway, and nearly four years later it seems that the long wait is finally over because according to the Minister of Tourism Hon. Manuel Heredia, works are expected to be completed by August.

Hon. Manuel Heredia - Minister of Tourism
"Well let me say that the project was a very ambitious project, but everything will come in play. There were supposed to be finalized by no later than August, but according to the contractor, probably because if the weather have been so good to us, probably we will have it completed by the ending of July and hopefully we can inaugurate it early in August. Probably we might start using the runway before the inauguration. But if you look around, the apron which we are using as the airstrip now will also be hot mix. The parking area that you see on the other side, also that will be able to accommodate over 100 vehicles. That will be hot mix also and well fenced with security, nice lights and so forth. We are hoping that it will be a masterpiece when completed. I believe it is smaller than the International Airport, but I think it will be more modern."

The estimated cost of works at the municipal airstrip are rounded off to just about 17 million dollars.

Channel 7

New Municipal Airstrip Belize


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