Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport

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Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport

Roatán International Airport
Roatan International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
LocationRoatán, Honduras
Elevation AMSL20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates16°19′02″N 86°31′20″W / 16.31722°N 86.52222°W / 16.31722; -86.52222Coordinates: 16°19′02″N 86°31′20″W / 16.31722°N 86.52222°W / 16.31722; -86.52222
RTB is located in Honduras
Location in Honduras
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,245 7,365 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passenger change 13–14Increase9.0%
Aircraft movements16,344
Source: Honduran AIP,[1] InterAirports[2] GCM[3]

Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Manuel Gálvez) (IATA: RTB, ICAO: MHRO) is an international airport located on the island of Roatán, in the Caribbean Sea 50 kilometres (31 mi) off the northern coast of Honduras.[4] Roatán is in the Bay Islands Department of Honduras.

The airport serves national and international air traffic of the island, the nearby cities and for the region. The airport is named for Juan Manuel Gálvez (1889-1972), the former president of the Republic of Honduras in 1949-1952. It was known previously as Roatán International Airport.


The airport is located on the western end of Roatán, next to the main city, Coxen Hole.

Distances: Coxen Hole 2 km, French Harbour 9.5 km, Jonesville 22 km, Big Bight 11 km, Oak Ridge 25 km, West Bay 17 km and West End 12 km


Control tower, situated on a nearby hill

Duty shop (currently closed or under renovation), coffee shop and two cafe/bars, one each in the check-in and transit area. Several rental companies resides at the airport, like Dollar, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Alamo, Budget, Europcar, and National. Taxi service is also available.


In 2013, InterAirports completed an expansion and upgrade of the airport facilities. The expansion included a larger check-in area with coffee shop and cafe, larger waiting area with sitting area and cafe, expansion of the customs and security areas, and renovation of buildings and outdoor areas.

The next phase of the project will be an expansion of the airport's car parks and pick-up and drop-off locations, rental area, and shopping area. In January 2019, the runway extension work will begin, so the airport can pass 3 million passengers per year and accept intercontinental flights.


The airport resides at an elevation of 20 feet (6 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 07/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,090 by 45 metres (6,857 ft × 148 ft).[1] Runway length does not include an additional 150 metres (490 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 07. The runway is at and parallels the shoreline. There is rising terrain to the north and open water to the south.

The Bonito VOR-DME (Ident: BTO) is located 40.0 nautical miles (74.1 km) south-southwest of the airport. The Roatan VOR-DME (Ident: ROA) and non-directional beacon (Ident: ROA) are located on the field.[5][6][7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

An Avianca Honduras ATR 72 taxiing for take-off


Aerolíneas Sosa La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
American Eagle Miami
Avianca Guatemala San Salvador
Cayman Airways Grand Cayman, La Ceiba
CM Airlines San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, Útila
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Lanhsa Guanaja, La Ceiba
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos Charter: San Salvador
Tropic Air Belize City
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 18 March 1990, Douglas DC-3A HR-SAZ of SAHSA overran the runway on landing and ended up in the sea. The aircraft, performing a domestic scheduled passenger service, was damaged beyond repair but all 32 people on board escaped.[8]
  • On 17 May 2019, a private aircraft crashed while approaching runway 25 from north.The aircraft impacted the waters of the Roatan beach in Bahia Island under unknown circumstances. The aircraft was destroyed during the accident sequence and five occupants on board received fatal injures. One occupant on board initially survived with unspecified injures but later died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "MHRO – JUAN MANUEL GÁLVEZ Internacional". Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  2. ^ Memoria de Sostenibilidad 2014-2015
  3. ^ Airport information for Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ Airport information for MHRO from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  5. ^ "Roatan NDB". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Roatan VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Bonito VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ "HR-SAZ Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 June 2010.

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