By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, in collaboration with the Belize Airports Authority (BAA), issued a release to announce the inauguration of the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport, formerly the Belize City Municipal Airstrip.
The airport was expanded and renovated through a BZ$17 million project implemented by the BAA through a loan from the Social Security Board.
The new features of the airport include an expanded runway and parallel taxiway including a new lighting system to accommodate the landing of aircrafts at night.
The airport is now compliant with local and international civil aviation standards. An apron with safety lines, parking and service road markings and 10 aircraft parking stalls are also among the newly added facilities.
The multi-million dollar project also included the enhancement of the airports’ immediate surroundings to facilitate access to and from the airport. This included the construction of an access road between Marion Jones Stadium and St. John’s College; and the paving of the road from Marine Parade near the stadium with its junction with St. Matthew Street. A new parking lot with a security booth along with perimeter fencing, an electronic barrier system, security lighting, and a modern surveillance system was also included as part of the project.
A drainage system of the entire airport including box drains, culverts along the apron with major outlets to the sea and pedestrian walkways and new road markings were also installed.
Also installed alongside the runway was 2,600 feet of seashore protection to complement the mangrove system.
“The remodelled airport is now a world class, modern facility which will boost the already steady and phenomenal tourism growth in Belize,” the release explains.
An official ceremony to inaugurate the airport will be held on Friday.
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