Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
|Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport|
|Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport.|
|IATA: BZE – ICAO: MZBZ|
|Elevation AMSL||5 m / 16 ft|
Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (IATA: BZE, ICAO: MZBZ) is an airport that serves Belize's largest city, Belize City. It was named for politician Phillip 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.
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
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth, 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, Savannah|
|Sunwing Airlines||Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson|
|Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos||Flores|
|Tropic Air||Belmopan, Cancun, Caye Caulker, Corozal, Dangriga, Flores, Kanantik, Mérida (begins March 3, 2014), Orange Walk, Rio Dorado, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Roatán (begins February 20, 2014), San Pedro, San Pedro Sula, Sarteneja|
|US Airways||Seasonal: Charlotte|
- Airport information for MZBZ at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
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