Traveling to Hopkins by Airplane

Without an airstrip in Hopkins, a little extra travel will become necessary

The nearest airport to Hopkins is about 40 minutes away by car, which means you will not only have to transfer airplanes at least once in order to get to this town, but you'll have to plan a bit of a drive as well.

Flying to Hopkins from the US

Belize City is the hub of air transport in Belize, as the location of the country's only international airport. From the United States, you can fly direct from Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Raleigh, North Carolina with American Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways. If you'd like to fly from another city in the U.S., from Canada, or from Europe, you'll have to connect with these cities, or in Guatemala or El Salvador, adding yet another stop along the way.

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

...plan on visiting some of the country's Cays...

 

As you might imagine because the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) is the country's only international airport, it is also the largest and busiest airport in Belize as well. Restaurants, shops, a bank, tourism booth, and rental car agencies are all available to those who arrive and depart here, as are taxis, which can get you to the center of Belize City from its location in Ladyville for $25 to $30(USD).

Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport is not the only airport in the area. The Belize City Municipal Airport welcomes most of the city's domestic traffic, and does to for less money than flights from the international airport. The facility is small, featuring one restaurant, one bar, the headquarters for local airline Maya Island Air, and a concrete runway that is just under 2,000 feet long. This airport will be of little interest to Hopkins' tourists, unless they plan on visiting some of the country's Cays during their trip.

Flying to Hopkins from Europe

Belize is not directly connected to Europe via air travel. Instead, most travelers from Europe will need to make a connecting flight in the United States with popular airlines like Delta and United Airlines. From the US, you will be able to head to Philip.

Below is a chart that lists some of the airlines you might use, as well as their contact info. Visit the airlines' website though for the most up to date information, and country specific contact information.

Airlines Contact Information for Europe
AirlinePhone Number
Maya Island Air (501) 223-1140
American Airlines (844) 499-7300
United Airlines (845) 607-6760
Delta Airlines (871) 221-1222

Flying to Hopkins from the Caribbean

There is no airport in Hopkins, but you can fly into the Dangriga Airport (DGA), which is the closest airstrip to the town, and drive. Flights from both airports in Belize City keep this airport busy, with numerous flights daily from both Maya Island Air and Tropic Air stopping in continuously throughout the day. Maya Island Air offers flights from Goldson International for $55(USD) between the hours of 8:10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and from the municipal airport for $36(USD) during the same time period.

Tropic Air offers flights on a similar schedule form both airports, but for $57(USD) from Goldson and $38(USD) from the municipal airport.

In addition to Dangriga, and alternative option is to fly into Independence Aiport. It is a bit further than Dangriga, but if you were hoping to see a large chunk of Belize, flying into Independence Aiport may just be the way to do it. Just like with Dangriga Airport though, after landing in Independence Aiport you will need to figure out how to actually get to Hopkins.

Check below for scheduled air service from other regional airports. If there are no flights directly from your preferred airport, a connecting flight from another regional airport could be a fine option.

Independence Aiport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Belize City TZA Maya Island Air
Belize BZE Maya Island Air
Caye Caulker, Belize CUK Maya Island Air
Corozal, Belize CZH Maya Island Air
Dangriga, Belize DGA Maya Island Air
Placencia, Belize PLJ Maya Island Air
Punta Gorda, Belize PND Maya Island Air
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye SPR Maya Island Air
Dangriga Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Belize City TZA Maya Island Air
Belize BZE Maya Island Air, Tropic Air
Belize INB Maya Island Air
Caye Caulker, Belize CUK Maya Island Air
Corozal, Belize CZH Maya Island Air
Placencia, Belize PLJ Maya Island Air, Tropic Air
Punta Gorda, Belize PND Maya Island Air, Tropic Air
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye SPR Maya Island 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

Regardless of which airline you fly with, it takes between 15 and 30 minutes depending on if there are any stops that the airline needs to make along the way, then the drive from Dangriga to Hopkins takes another 40 minutes or so, and will cost about $100(USD) for four people. Some hotels will offer free transportation for their guests, so make sure you ask before you plan to spend that money on a cab.

The lack of an airstrip in Hopkins shouldn't put a damper on your plans to visit this quiet vacation community, just be aware that you'll have to make plans for an extra leg of your journey. If you keep that in mind, you shouldn't run into any trouble as you plan, and play out your trip's transportation.

Use the following chart to call one of the regional air charter services.

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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