Belize has postponed the reopening of its Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The airport was previously scheduled to reopen on August 15 for chartered flights, private aviation, and international leisure travel with approved hotels only. Prime Minister Rt. Dean Barrow, who made the announced at a press conference on Aug. 5, said that although the airport will not reopen, the weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals abroad will continue; this includes the 14-day mandatory quarantine and health screening upon arrival.
With the delay in reopening, there was an indication from airline providers, in particular American Airlines, that they may have to reconsider Belize as a market to visit in October or later for 2020. American Airlines, which was scheduled to arrive in Belize as of August will postpone flights until further notice.
Prime Minister Rt. Dean Barrow read out the following message in reference to American Airlines response to the postponement during the press conference:
“If уоu dо dеlау thе аіrроrt rеореnіng tо Ѕерtеmbеr, we [American Airlines] саnnоt рrоvіdе а fіrm dаtе оf whеn wе wоuld rеѕumе ѕеrvісе. Wе аrе сurrеntlу іn thе mіdѕt оf сuttіng сарасіtу оut оf оur Ѕерtеmbеr аnd Осtоbеr ѕсhеdulеѕ. Wе thеrеfоrе mау еnd uр саnсеllіng thіѕ mаrkеt lоngеr tеrm іn thе еvеnt thаt thе сlоѕurе ехtеndѕ раѕt оur сurrеntlу рlаnnеd rеѕumрtіоn оf Аuguѕt 18.”
In the past, American Airlines offered service to Belize (BZE) with once-daily flights from Miami (MIA). It was one of the most convenient hubs for many travelers.
Other Flights to Consider when traveling to Belize
In regards to other airlines here is what we know: