A press release received from the Belize Information Service indicates that the runway will not be re-aligned, but will be re-surfaced, widened and extended to 3,000 feet plus a 300 foot overrun. The runway, currently 20 to 25 feet wide, will be widened to 60 feet. Mayor Heredia was advised that the work should be completed in January.
Press Release - Belmopan, 29th October, 1996, -(BIS)- A contract for the upgrading and extension of the runway at the San Pedro Airport has was today signed by the Belize Airports Authority.
Presently, the length of the runway in San Pedro is 2,000 feet and its width ranges between 20 to 25 feet. This has proven to be very unsafe for the traveling public. Minister Joseph Cayetano, along with Mr. Michael Godoy and the Belize Airports Authority, felt that these unsafe conditions needed to be addressed and improved. The runway should run along the same centerline which now exists.
Under this project, the runway will be lengthened to 3,000 feet and widened to 60 feet, with a 300 feet overrun. This will bring the classificatin of the San Pedro Airport to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Class 2B - Non Instrument, as defined by ICAO Annex 14. With the completion of this project, it is considered that the standard will fully accommodate the entire inventory of domestic aircraft currently on the Belize aircraft register.
This contract was awarded to CISCO Construction Limited through selective bidding at a cost of BZ $1,285,000. Signing this contract were Mr. Michael Godoy, chairman of the Belize Airports Authority; Mr. John Woods, Managing Director of CISCO Construction Limited and Hon Joseph Cayetano, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology and Transportation.