Flying to Belmopan

A little used airport is located in Belmopan

All international commercial air travel will bring tourists first to Belize City, which is an hour outside of Belmopan. Instead of hiring a charter plane to get them to Belmopan, most people simply rent a car and drive.

Travel to Belize begins with a flight from one of four cities in the United States with either American Airlines, United Airlines, or US Airways. The cities are Houston, Texas; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Raleigh, North Carolina. If your first flight comes out of another city in the U.S., you'll connect at one of these locations, or in Guatemala or El Salvador.

About a 30 minute drive outside of the center of Belize City in the town of Ladyville sits the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). It is the largest and busiest airport in the whole of the country, and the only one that can accommodate international commercial jets. The main terminal features a smattering of shops and restaurants, a tourist information booth in the baggage claim area, and a bank in the departure terminal. If you'll be renting a car and driving to Belmopan, you'll head across the parking lot after collecting your luggage, where you'll find the on-site rental car agencies to be located.

Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Los Angeles, CA, USA LAX American Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines

Flying to Belmopan from the Caribbean

...town is so close to Belize City...

 

You also have the option of taking a connecting flight straight to Belmopan.

Although there is a small airport in Belmopan, it only sees traffic from certified charters and local airlines. Because the town is so close to Belize City it makes more sense to make the one hour drive. Planning a flight can be confusing, but with direct access to Belmopan from the largest airport in Belize you'll find it to be much easier than you'd expect to book your trip to this unique Central American destination.

Look below for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the region. Even if you can't get a flight directly from your local airport, taking a connecting flight from a regional airport might prove to be a viable solution.

Hector Silva Airstrip Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Belize City TZA Tropic Air
Belize BZE Tropic Air
San Ignacio, Belize SQS Tropic Air
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye SPR Tropic Air
Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Belize City TZA Maya Island Air
Belize INB Maya Island Air
Belmopan, Belize BCV Tropic Air
Cancun, Mexico CUN Maya Island Air
Caye Caulker, Belize CUK Maya Island Air, Tropic Air
Corozal, Belize CZH Maya Island Air
Dangriga, Belize DGA Maya Island Air, Tropic Air
Placencia, Belize PLJ Maya Island Air, Tropic Air
Punta Gorda, Belize PND Maya Island Air
San Ignacio, Belize SQS Tropic Air
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye SPR Maya Island Air, Tropic Air

As you can see, you are quite limited in traveling by air. However, if you are already in Belize, then taking the local Tropic Air can be a quick way to reach Belmopan. Additionally, driving in a foreign nation is rough enough without the known-to-be damaged roads Belize has to offer. Spending a little extra on a plan ticket might be worth saving yourself from the stress of driving. In the end, it is up to you.

If you're contemplating an air charter, you can reserve one from the following regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location
Javier's Flying Services (501) 824-0460 Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport - 8.8 mi. (14.1 km) West-Northwest of Belize City Belize
Tropic Air (800) 422-3435 San Pedro Airport - San Pedro Ambergris Caye
 

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