Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018. 7:43 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Airport Authority (BAA), the local body responsible for the security, maintenance, and expansion of municipal and international airports in Belize reported today that the renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airstrip is moving briskly to meet its completion date by mid-June of this year.
Substantial work has already been done to the airport with the focus being the expansion of the runway’s shoulders and the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid to provide greater earth stability.
According to the BAA, over 10,000 cubic yards of filling in material has also been amassed in the area.
Following work on the airstrip, shoulders will be the actual preparation of the runway for the installation of hot mix.
“Construction is presently underway on our airport and we are certainly looking forward to its completion. It is much needed and will be beneficial for everyone especially for emergency purposes and will also help to boost up our tourism industry,” said Enelda Rosado, Chairlady of the Caye Caye Village Council.
Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia said that the project is extremely important because Caye Caulker is the second most visited destination in the country by international tourists.
The project is being partially financed through a loan.
The works will also include the marking and installation of runway lights to allow for airplane landings at night as well as other security and safety features.
In 2016, the BAA engaged consultants to conduct feasibility studies for the repairs of the municipal airport in Caye Caulker and based on the results of the study, the BAA subsequently took the decision to reconstruct the facility in line with the long-term vision of their organization.
The BAA has been working with air operators and other stakeholders, inclusive of the Belize Department of Civil Aviation and the Department of the Environment, to sensitize all the parties concerned about the scope of the project.
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