Caye Caulker Municipal Airport Project Picks Up Momentum Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

The Belize Airports Authority (BAA), the local body responsible for the security, maintenance, and expansion of municipal and international airports in Belize, is pleased to report that the renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport has picked up momentum. As such, they are moving briskly to meet its completion by June 2018.

So far, substantial work has already been done to the airstrip. Those works have been done with the focus being the expansion of the runway’s shoulders as well as the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid which is being used to provide greater earth stability. More work is expected in the coming weeks. Following work on the airstrip shoulders will be the actual preparation of the runway for the installation of hot mix.

“This project is extremely important because Caye Caulker is the second most visited destination in the country by international tourists. Caye Caulker has tremendous tourism potential and there is great development occurring on the island already. Therefore, this new state of the art municipal airport will be able to accommodate our tourists on time, in a safe and beautiful environment,” said Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Area Representative for Caye Caulker.

The project is being partially financed by the BAA through a loan and will result in a state of the art municipal airport for the village of Caye Caulker. In 2016, the BAA engaged consultants to conduct feasibility studies for the repairs of the municipal airport in Caye Caulker. Based on the results of the study, the BAA subsequently took the decision to reconstruct the facility in line with the long-term vision of the Authority.

Other works will include the enhancement, marking, and installation of runway lights to allow for airplane landings at night as well as other security and safety features.