Puerto Barrios Airport

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Puerto Barrios Airport
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil
Location Puerto Barrios
Elevation AMSL 33 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 15°43′50″N 88°35′00″W / 15.73056°N 88.58333°W / 15.73056; -88.58333Coordinates: 15°43′50″N 88°35′00″W / 15.73056°N 88.58333°W / 15.73056; -88.58333
MGPB is located in Guatemala
Location in Guatemala
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,707 8,881 Concrete
Source: DAFIF[1] Google Maps[2]

Puerto Barrios Airport (IATA: PBRICAO: MGPB) (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Puerto Barrios or formerly Base Aérea de Izabal) serves the city of Puerto Barrios, the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla and the Guatemalan Caribbean. It is operated and administrated by DGAC - Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil de Guatemala.


Puerto Barrios Airport is located in the northern part of the city of Puerto Barrios, near the shore of Amatique Bay.

The airport is currently undergoing refurbishment, as part of a nationwide airport rehabilitation program. In the 1920s and 30s Puerto Barrios was a seaplane destination only; a first concrete runway was built by the United States Government during World War II for strategic reasons.[3] It was later used by the Guatemalan Air Force, known under the name "Base Aérea de Izabal". In 2002 the airport was equipped with a VOR-DME with the help of COCESNA, the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation.[4] Being located near the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla, today the airport is of special interest for cruise ship operators, who carry passengers to important attractions throughout the country on chartered flights. Puerto Barrios has always been a logistics center, which is emphasized in the city seal, which depicts a ship, a train, an airplane, and a truck.

As of January 2017, the airport is undergoing renovations. The DGCA is investing 1.5 million Guatemalan quetzals into the project, which it expects to complete by 28 March.[5]

Aviation in Puerto Barrios[edit]


After World War II[edit]

  • In the 1950s and 60s, Aviateca, the former national airline, connected PBR with other destinations in Guatemala.
  • Inter Regional, a regional subsidiary of Grupo TACA in Guatemala, offered scheduled flights to Guatemala City from 1999, using Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.[8] There were up to two daily flights (TA 1911, TA 1920, 1923). Two times a week there was a scheduled stop at Rio Dulce airstrip on the incoming flight. Flying time to Guatemala City was scheduled with 1 hour, 05 minutes. There were also flights from Mundo Maya International Airport to San Pedro Sula stopping in PBR. All scheduled flights were suspended in 2002 due to lack of demand.[9]

Air service[edit]

In January 2017, Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos began operating flights five times a week between Puerto Barrios and Guatemala City.[10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for MGPB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Google Maps - Puerto Barrios
  3. ^ Amandala Belize
  4. ^ SkyVector Aeronautical Charts - IOS VOR
  5. ^ Ramos, Saira (24 January 2017). "Firman convenio para renovar el aeropuerto de Puerto Barrios, Izabal" [Agreement signed to renovate the Puerto Barrios airport in Izabal]. Publinews (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  9. ^ La Prensa
  10. ^ "Puerto Barrios, Guatemala reopens to regular pax traffic". ch-aviation. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  11. ^ ASN
  12. ^ [3]
  13. ^ ASN Archived October 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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