This year the Philip Goldson International Airport welcomed a record number of passengers, boosting its passenger traffic by 4.5%. The Belize destination remains strong.
Within budget and precisely on time, our investments have increased passenger capacity and comfort, increased aircraft parking stands and the ATB with larger arrival and departure halls, a new domestic baggage carousel, four additional boarding gates, larger passenger queueing areas with more Immigration Officers, and new x-ray machines and walk through metal detectors for expeditious passenger processing, among many others. Having been fully screened, travelers will enjoy new cafes and stores plus larger, more modern restrooms, and more delightful facilities.
Throughout our locally-financed $22 million Airport Improvements Project, Management was determined not to compromise its efficient operations and courteous culture. We extend deep thanks to everyone at the PGIA for their understanding during times of unavoidable inconvenience.
We celebrate with the Department of Civil Aviation in the expansion of its Headquarters and the modernization of its radar equipment. Theirs is a historic milestone.
Having provided employment opportunity for 35 young Belizeans during the summer months, the BACC funded scholarships at St. John’s College, Wesley College, Excelsior High School, Tubal Trade & Vocational Institute, Ladyville Technical High School, Ecumenical College, Delille Academy, Julian Cho Technical School, Corozal Community College and Our Lady of Mount Carmel as well as funded feeding programs at St. Mary’s Primary School, St. Martin de Porres, and Dara’s. Our corporate support extended to environmental, cultural and athletic activities, as well as hurricane recovery.
Congratulations are in order to the youngest station manager and second female manager at the PGIA, Ms. Keidy Tejada of COPA Airlines. On Friday, 15th December 2017, Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, commences services from Toronto, Canada to Belize. We welcome Air Canada’s station Manager, Mrs. Reyna Nieto, and her crew.
Struck by the simple yet unfathomable mystery of the Divine Child, with hearts full of hope, charity and love, may we be guided by His character, His goodness, His humanity, His sacrifice, and His life. Cheers and Merry Christmas.