Caye Caulker residents concerned on the delay of works at the island’s airstrip
The management at the Belize Airport Authority overseeing the rehabilitation of the airport’s runway informed The San Pedro Sun that the project is ongoing and that they expect to complete the works by mid-June of this year. A visit to the closed airstrip revealed that no construction work has been done on the airstrip and its surroundings. A series of deep holes were observed on the surface of the runway, while on its east end, piles of building material had been unloaded. According to the General Manager of BAA, Nicholas Ruiz, the process for the airport’s refurbishment is an ongoing one and that even though people might think that nothing is happening, work is actually being done. “Most of the building material is being barged to the island from the mainland,” said Ruiz. “There is a process and work is taking place.” Ruiz indicated that he and his team will do a site inspection to find out more about the progress of the project.
Caye Caulker residents believe that the project is moving slow and the fact that they are struggling without an airport during the high tourism season is causing a dent to their businesses. A few concerned residents say that this tourism season is less profitable than previous ones since the tourism clientele has changed. They expressed their disappointment with the airstrip’s renovations and many believe that officials have not made it a priority to have the airport up and running as soon as possible. The Chairwoman of the Caye Caulker Village Council Enelda Rosado said that they have been in touch with the BAA and will be making site inspections as well to monitor the progress of the works at the airport. Rosado acknowledges that some tourism stakeholders on the island are struggling with the issue and the situation of not having an airport is affecting everyone in one way or another.
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#529187 - 03/04/1805:29 PMRe: Suspension of flights to Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Feb 28 - March 4
From Brad Flood....
There has been some construction activity on the CC Air Strip Construction project this past week. I took a series of photos on Wednesday and when I went back on Thursday, there had been even more progress.
On Monday, February 26 I rode my bike down the air strip and noticed they had laid dredging pipe and a pumping station out in the bay just off the western end of the air strip.
On Wednesday, February 28, I rode the golf cart down the air strip and these photos are what had occurred between Monday & then.
I spoke to one of the workers today and mentioned I was surprised they were working on Sunday. His comment to me was that they would be working 7-days a week with the hopes to have it completed in four months, which would put completion at the end of June. He did say they would take Easter off.
Runway to West
Side of Runway to West
End of Runway to West
Loading Area End of Runway to West
Equipment at Loading Area End of Runway West
Equipment Area and Dredging Rig West of End of Runway
Here are the videos from Friday, March 2. Quite different than just two day prior!
Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Friday March 2
Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction East to West
Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction West to East
Here are the videos from today, Sunday, March 4
Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Sunday March 4
#529204 - 03/05/1803:16 PMRe: Suspension of flights to Caye Caulker
Here are 5 photos I took today at the air strip along with explanations of each photo and updates on the project.:
Photo #1 - Equipment (steamroller) and materials being stockpiled at the Eastern End of the Air Strip (by the Terminal)
Photo #2 - There is a large, shallow hole that has been dug on the southern shoulder of the Air Strip about 1/4 of the way heading east to West. Not sure what it is for, but it wasn't there yesterday.
Photo #3 - Moving The Dredging Pipe Looking East - Today, they are moving the long dredging pipe down the Air Strip and will dig another "receiving pit" (big hole) about 75 yards West of where they pumped the sand the past couple days. Once they have moved the pipe and dug the "receiving pit" they will again dredge sand from the bay off the Western end of the Air Strip and pile it up on the Air Strip to be used once the construction begins
Photo #4 - Moving The Dredging Pipe, Looking West.
There is a section of this dredging pipe that is one solid piece of pipe, about 1.5' - 2' in diameter, that runs about 100 - 125 yards long. They do have some shorter pieces coupled to make it long enough to go from out in the bay to mid-way up the Air Strip. It's quite impressive to see and watch as they maneuver it into place.
Photo #5 - Well, one of the big backhoes blew out a tread this morning...talk about a major "flat"!!! The construction Supervisor said it would take the better part of today to get it repaired (have to bring parts in from the mainland).
I asked the "Construction Manager" today about when he thought the Air Strip would not be usable for folks from Eden Isle to access their neighborhood via the Air Strip (which is MUCH better, faster, easier than traveling the "road" just North of the Air Strip). He indicated that they will attempt to keep access available as long as possible. They even stopped the work with the one shovels moving the dredging pipe to allow me to get past them and access the Western end of the Air Strip. Good News for Eden Isle residents...if it is true!
#529338 - 03/13/1812:32 PMRe: Suspension of flights to Caye Caulker