Aerodromes in Belize

    There are a total of thirty-six (36) aerodromes in Belize, consisting of sixteen (16) public and twenty (20) private. While all 36 have not been ‘prescribed’ in the Act or an S.I., the BAA Act can be possibly interpreted to cover aerodromes, and thus provides a clear indication of the magnitude of the mandate and responsibility placed on the BAA under the Act.

    The primary aerodromes under management are the Belize City Municipal; Caye Caulker; John Grief Airport; Placencia; Punta Gorda; Dangriga; Corozal and Orange Walk. The PSW Goldson International Airport is under contract to Belize Airport Concession Company; and therefore, its operation are not directly controlled by BAA; i.e., the major aerodrome of the country is out of reach of the BAA, even though it is owned by the BAA.

    It is important to note the powers of the BAA over private aerodromes (Savannah Maya Flats, Caye Chapel, Northern Two Caye, etc.) is unclear, but as suggested earlier, the act may be interpreted to include all aerodromes, even if the aerodromes were not specifically mentioned in the Act or an S.I. of the Act.

    As suggested above, the BAA essentially established to manage and administer prescribe airport, and provide all essential services and facilities necessary for the operations of said airports. While as a general statement, this may seem like a pretty straight forward responsibility, the BAA actually has a key role to play in the overall development of the civil aviation sector and the economic development of Belize especially as it relates to the BAA role in fee structures and charges for air navigation and the wide spectrum of airport services.

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