Thursday, June 19, 2014. ORANGE WALK BUREAU Reporting: Ground was broken today marking the start of rehabilitation works on the airstrip located in the Tower Hill Area of Orange Walk town.
Belize Airport Authority executives flanked by other government officials announced that the upgrade of the airstrip is part of the larger plan of the Belize Airport Authority to upgrade all airstrips across the country bringing them up to international standards.
This particular airstrip has been in operation since 2011 and while it sits in a remote area, a few miles before reaching Chan Pine Ridge Village, there has been an increase in air traffic recently.
Tourists are the ones primarily using this route to get to Corozal and Chetumal faster.
The estimated cost of the upgrade is seven hundred and forty nine thousand dollars and it should be completed in four weeks time, that is if the weather permits.
Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia says the upgrade will benefit the tourism industry and Orange Walk on a whole.
Observers believe that the Tower Hill airstrip has seen more traffic than the airstrip in Ranchito, Corozal District.
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