An airstrip does exist in San Ignacio, but it isn't used for commercial or even domestic flights, and is rarely open at all. For tourists, this means they will have to plan to fly to the nearest airport then drive to their accommodations.
Everyone who is flying to Belize will first stop in Belize City, then use domestic air to carry on to their next destination. For those who are visiting San Ignacio, the international airport is actually the closest one to the town. This means if you can get a flight out of Houston, New Orleans, Miami, or Raleigh, you can plan on flying direct to Belize. If you are traveling from another city in the United States, from Canada, or from Europe, however, you will have to arrange for a connecting flight in one of these cities or in Guatemala or El Salvador. , , and all offer non-stop flights.
Located just outside of Belize City in Ladyville is the (BZE). This is the only international airport in the country, which means that every tourist flying into the country will land here at least long enough to go through customs. Because it is so busy, renovations are underway to make it even more accessible to tourists, though they are not expected to be completed until 2015. Currently, features of the airport include shops, restaurants, rental car agencies, and a tourist information booth.
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
Tourists headed to San Ignacio directly from the airport will have to walk across the main parking lot to where the rental car agencies are located, pick up their vehicle, and make the 90 minute drive southwest. Some hotels offer airport pick-up, so make sure to double check with your hotel before making any reservations.
Not everyone will go straight to San Ignacio the moment they arrive in Belize, though.
With no direct flights coming out of Europe to any airport in Belize, Europeans making the flight should expect at least one layover. Still, depending where you fly out of, this could only mean one transfer in the United States via any of the major US based airlines or in Cancun with that flies out of London. You can contact at (844) 209-7777
If you are interested in contacting some of the airliners you can use in the Americas, take a look at the chart below.
Once in the Caribbean, you are just one or two flights from Belize City., located just outside of
If you plan on staying in Belize City for a day or so, and are also considering visiting a few other cities in the country, plan to fly out of. As the headquarters for and home base for , two domestic air carriers, flights around Belize tend to be cheaper from this airport from the international airport. However, you will not be able to get to San Ignacio directly from the .
See the table below for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the Caribbean region. Even if you can't get a flight directly from your favorite airport, making a connection through another regional airport could be a fine option.
|Belmopan, Belize||BCV||Tropic Air|
|San Pedro, Ambergris Caye||SPR||Tropic Air|
|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|
The lack of a large airport shouldn't turn tourists off from a vacation in San Ignacio. A flight into Belize City and a short 90 minute drive to town is all it takes to get to your vacation destination.
Be sure to look at the following chart if you want to get in touch with one of the regional air charter services.
|(501) 824-0460||Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport - 8.8 mi. (14.1 km) West-Northwest of Belize City||Belize|
|(800) 422-3435||San Pedro Airport - San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
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