The BAA was established under the BAA Act Chapter 238 of the Laws of Belize to manage and administer prescribed airports, and provide all essential services and facilities necessary for the efficient operations of said airports.
The functions and roles of the BAA are divided into three essential categories: management, services, and physical development. The ‘management’ functions are concentrated on the day-to-day operations of prescribed or existing airports in Belize as it relates to the safety and security of airport infrastructure, the adequacy of facilities installed at airports, and the physical integrity of all equipment and persons used in the provision of airport services, including the safety of consumers. Additionally, the management function of the BAA also includes the establishment of fee structures for all services provided by airports, inclusive of air traffic control services and aeronautical information services. The ‘services’ functions are quite clear and refer to the provision and maintenance of all services required and deem necessary for the efficient operation of airports (ramp service, parking for aircraft and vehicles, air traffic control, aeronautical information, approximation, landing, etc). The ‘physical’ development functions address expansion, development and the modernization needs of prescribed airports and other civil aviation infrastructure.
The institution is governed by a Board of Directors and responsibility for day to day organizational-level operations has been delegated to a General Manager with an administrative and technical support. This strategic level institutional tool provides direction and focus to the BAA and a clear roadmap with measurable performance metrics, against which to develop Annual Work Plans & Budget for day-to-day operations and compliance with legal mandates. In order to be able to monitor and evaluate institutional performance, annual activities must be designed to meet the objectives and outputs as defined in the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Any deviation from the strategic plan must be vetted by the Board and therefore should not be a decision of the BAA’s management team alone. Strictly speaking, activities that do not contribute in a visible and measurable manner to the objectives of the strategic plan should not qualify to receive any BAA funding.