The Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) is the premier international airport of Belize. Located only 10 miles from Belize City, the airport serves as the main gateway to this beautiful, developing nation. Normal operating hours are from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, however flights can be accomodated outside of these hours. The airport facilitates both international and domestic air services. It is served by several international airlines with originating services from the USA, Central America and the Caribbean. Locally, passengers can arrive at their final destination by way of local airlines, taxi cabs, buses and water taxis.
The airport was originally constructed in 1943, when a 5,000 feet asphalt runway, a taxiway and small apron were constructed. In 1944, a terminal building was constructed and inaugurated on January 15, 1945. Today, the PGIA boasts a 9,700 feet runway and 735,800 sq. ft. of parking apron. There is a full Crash Fire and Rescue Department and the airport is designated as a Category 8 in accordance with ICAO Annex 14.
The management and operation of the Airport was privatized in April, 2004. Belize Airport Concession Company, a consortium of Belizean investors assumed the management and operations of the airport on April 1, 2004.