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Philip Goldson International Airport

Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020. 9:46 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Hotel Association (BHA), a body that represents around 115 tourism industry stakeholders, says that the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) should be reopened before the tourism high season to help the country prepare for the recovery of global travel.

Ted Tejeda, President of the BHA, explained this week that with the new state of global travel and the increased emphasis on safety, Belize needs to open the PGIA and get a handle on the protocols with small amounts of tourists before the larger numbers come.

“This pandemic is new to everyone, it’s not something that we have experience with. None of the countries have had experience so we are learning from the other countries that have already been opened but as well we are learning from the processes that are in place and iron them all out doing the walk-throughs on what would happen if this were to present itself,” Tejeda said.

The PGIA was set to reopen this weekend, however, due to the rapid rise in COVDI-19 cases, the government of Belize decided to delay the reopening. Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that the hope was for a September 3 reopening, but acknowledged that giving a definitive date was difficult due to the ever-changing circumstances associated with COVID-19.

 

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