Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport

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Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport.
Airport type Public
Operator n/a
Location Ladyville
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 5 m / 16 ft
Coordinates 17°32′21″N 088°18′30″W / 17.53917°N 88.30833°W / 17.53917; -88.30833Coordinates: 17°32′21″N 088°18′30″W / 17.53917°N 88.30833°W / 17.53917; -88.30833
MZBZ is located in Belize
Location in Belize
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,950 9,678 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 542,833
Aircraft movements 49,344
Source: Passenger and aircraft movement statistics from PGIA airport.[1]
Philip Goldson International Airport, Belize

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (IATA: BZEICAO: MZBZ) is an airport that serves Belize's largest city, Belize City. It was named for politician Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, who died in 2001.

The airport will be going through major expansions such as the lengthening of the runway, expanding of the apron and expansion of the terminal. These expansions are made mainly to handle more aircraft and for the airport to attract flights from Europe. The expansions are planned to be completed in time for 2015.

Philip S. W. Goldson is at an altitude of 5 m (16 ft) and this means that both the airport and the entirety of Belize City are at risk of serious flooding due to its low elevation and coastal location. For this reason, Belize's capital has been moved to Belmopan, but Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport remains the largest and busiest in the country.

Philip S. W. Goldson is about 30 minutes drive from Belize City's centre, in Ladyville. The best way to get to and from the city centre is via taxi. Although an airport bus service exists, it is very infrequent and unreliable.[citation needed]

Military use[edit]

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, (formerly Belize International Airport), has hosted several military units over the years since its construction. Most notable residents have been Headquarters British Forces Belize, No. 1417 (Tactical Ground Attack) Flight RAF, No. 1563 (Helicopter support) Flight RAF, resident Anti-Aircraft Squadrons of the RAF Regiment, resident helicopter units of the Army Air Corps, HarDet Belize, Butcher Radar and Belize Defence Forces, among others.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles (begins June 6, 2015),[2] Miami
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles
Maya Island Air Cancún, Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, Corozal, Dangriga, Guatemala City, Placencia, Punta Gorda, San Pedro, San Pedro Sula
Southwest Airlines Houston–Hobby (begins October 15, 2015) [3]
Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos Flores, Guatemala City[4]
Tropic Air Belmopan, Cancun, Caye Caulker, Corozal, Dangriga, Flores, Kanantik, Mérida, Orange Walk, Rio Dorado, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Roatán, San Pedro, San Pedro Sula, Sarteneja
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental
Seasonal: Newark
US Airways Seasonal: Charlotte


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