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Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (IATA: BZE, ICAO: MZBZ) is an airport that serves the nation of Belize's largest city, Belize City along the eastern coast of Central America. It was named after politician Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, who died in 2001. Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is about 30 minutes drive from Belize City's centre, in Ladyville. The airport is at an elevation of 5 m (16 ft) and this means 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 it remains the largest and busiest in the country. With stable passenger growth, Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is currently the seventh busiest airport in Central America.

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesBelize City
LocationLadyville
Hub for
Elevation AMSL5 m / 16 ft
Coordinates17°32′21″N 088°18′30″W / 17.53917°N 88.30833°W / 17.53917; -88.30833Coordinates: 17°32′21″N 088°18′30″W / 17.53917°N 88.30833°W / 17.53917; -88.30833
Websitehttp://www.pgiabelize.com/
Map
MZBZ is located in Belize
MZBZ
MZBZ
Location in Belize
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,950 9,678 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers867,976
Aircraft movements30,414
Source: Passenger and aircraft movement statistics from PGIA airport.[1]

Military useEdit

 
Philip Goldson International Airport, Belize

Due to the Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute, Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, (formerly Belize International Airport) has hosted several military units over the years since its construction. In 1984, a senior US Air Force General stated that it was "the best defended airfield in Central America".[2] Most notable residents have been Headquarters British Forces Belize, No. 1417 (Tactical Ground Attack) Flight RAF operating Harrier Jump Jets, 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. Price Barracks is a military installation located just north of the airport, which was formerly known as Airport Camp, the Headquarters of British Forces Belize.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Future plansEdit

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport will have railway access from proposed Belize City railway station.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport - About us". Belize Airport Concession Company Limited. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Belize". Armed Forces: 182. 1984. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.eturbonews.com/232175/sun-country-airlines-nonstop-to-belize-and-st-kitts-nevis

External linksEdit

  Media related to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport at Wikimedia Commons