The airport was originally built in 1943, when a 5,000 feet asphalt runway, a taxiway and a small apron were constructed. In 1944, a terminal building was constructed and inaugurated on 15 January 1945.
The name of the airport is dedicated to the memory of a Belizean nationalist, Hon. Philip S.W. Goldson.
Some airfield dimensions include a 9,900 feet runway length and a 735,800 sq. ft. parking apron, with a total of 10 large aircraft parking slots. The Airport Terminal Building has a total of 110,000 sq. ft. and contains Terminals #1 and #2, International Arrival and Departure Halls, a Domestic Arrival Hall, restaurants, snack outlets, duty free and duty paid shops, a bank, and various other services.
There is a Rental Services Center that is located across from the Airport Terminal Building that contains car rental, telephone and travel agency services.
There is a 12,000 sq. ft. Air Cargo Terminal Building located on the northern section of the airport and accessible from the Old Airport Road. It has a total of eight cargo operators.
The principal regulatory agency providing oversight at the PGIA is the Department of Civil Aviation. Belize is a signatory to the International Civil Aviation Organization (I.C.A.O.) convention. American registered airlines operating in Belize are periodically inspected by the Transportation Safety Administration (T.S.A.) of the United States Department of Transport.
The PGIA is designated as a Category 8 Airport in accordance with ICAO Annex 14.
To be one of the region’s safest and most secure airports, focusing on the best possible passenger experience and applying the most practical and sustainable innovations.
To strengthen Belize as a successful regional and international destination through the delivery of a safe and secure airport operations, reliable services, comfortable facilities, growth and development of employees, sustainable innovations, and the pursuit of new market opportunities.
Our airport community is managed by the following principles: to respect and value people; to uphold the highest standards of safety and security; to work in partnership with stakeholders; to operate with a sense of urgency, integrity and discipline; to care for the environment; and to assume responsibility for our actions and decisions.
Meet our Managers
Ms. Priscilla Stephenson, Manager of Finance & Administration
Mr. Enrique Hoare, Manager of Operations
Mr. Ian Flowers, Senior Duty Manager
Mr. Emile Evans, Duty Manager
Mr. Keagan Moore, Duty Manager
Mr. Mark Talbert, Chief Fire Officer
Mr. Jason Pascual, Accountant
Mr. Glenford Reid, Chief Security Officer
Mr. Jorge L. Espat, Chief Executive Officer