Caye Caulker runway upgrade underway Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Tropic Air and Maya Island Air domestic airlines announced that effective October 1, 2017, they will be suspending all scheduled flights to Caye Caulker due to the present state of the runway on the island. The deplorable state of the present runway creates a hazardous environment and the airlines are taking this safety measure to mishaps as it related to public flight safety and service.

This notice has been publicized to the Caye Caulker Village Council as well as the Belize Airports Authority (BAA). A request has been issued for an urgent renovation of the runway as the high season on the island quickly approaches.

Those requests have not gone unheard as the BAA is in the process of procuring sufficient funds to carry out the project. An announcement was made on September 12, 2017 that the BAA and the Social Security Board (SSB) are in the final stages of working together for upgrades to the runway.

Since 2016, a study was done that concluded that a conclusive reconstruction would be in the best interest of all parties involved and as a result, a design was commissioned. Contractors will participate in a bidding process to be completed by September 15, 2017.

Reconstruction is expected to span a total of 8 months, starting in October 2017, and is projected to cost a little over BZD $7 million. Apart from being refurbished, the reconstruction will also see the widening and lengthening of the runway. The new runway will be dressed with hot-mix asphalt and the entire project will receive proper drainage, the construction of a shore protection system, and the installation of runway lights and other security features.