The Belize Airports Authority (BAA) is pleased to announce that the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport Project has been successfully completed and the airport will be ready for the resumption of much needed flights to the island in the first week of September 2018. The official inauguration is set for Friday, September 7., 2018 at the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport.
The Caye Caulker Municipal Airport is now one of the latest most modem municipal airports in the country. Substantial work was done to the runway's shoulders and the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid to provide greater earth stability. Over 24,000 cubic yards of filling material were also spread and compacted.
The runway is asphalted with hotmix and is 2,840 ft long by 40 ft wide. Essential markings and a lighting system in compliance with ICAO Standards have been installed. Some features of the runway design include threshold markings; runway orientation numbers; runway edge markings; centerline markings; centerline markings, taxiway centerline and runway hold position markings and aircraft parking stalls with transversal stop lines.
The modem lightning system installed is comprised of threshold end lights, runway edge lights and taxi way lights. This now will facilitate late flights and emergency flights to and from the island.
"As a country, we have embraced the ideals of sustainable and responsible development of our tourism sector. That is why every time tourists visit our shores, they are bound to find something new, an experience deeply rooted within Belize's unceasing development fabric. Our dynamic tourism industry depends on adequate infrastructure, for this reason the Government continues to place great emphasis and resources on the development of our municipal airports because they serve as conduits that facilitate and enhance our visitors' experiences," Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, said. Adding, "The new Caye Caulker Municipal Airport will therefore assist Belizeans and the adventurer, to submit to their spirit of inquisitiveness and to enjoy a truly remarkable time and travel within Belize in a safe, secure and enjoyable environment. It is without doubt that the new modem Caye Caulker Municipal airport will boost tourism on the island."
The Caye Caulker Municipal Airport Project was partially financed by the BAA and loan financing for a total project cost of $3.6 Million dollars. This investment has produced a state of the art municipal airport for the village of Caye Caulker.
The Belize Airports Authority recently completed the renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport, a modern and safe aerodrome in accordance with international civil aviation standards and Belize’s Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan.