Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport

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Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport

Belize City Municipal Airport
Airport typePublic
ServesBelize City, Belize
Elevation AMSL8 ft / 2 m
Coordinates17°31′03″N 88°11′45″W / 17.51750°N 88.19583°W / 17.51750; -88.19583Coordinates: 17°31′03″N 88°11′45″W / 17.51750°N 88.19583°W / 17.51750; -88.19583
TZA is located in Belize
Location in Belize
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 940 3,084 Asphalt
Source: GCM[1] Google Maps[2] AIC[3]

Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport (formerly Belize City Municipal Airport) (IATA: TZA) is an airport serving Belize City, Belize. It is only one mile from the city center, and is more centrally located to the city than is Belize City International Airport, it mostly provides travel to Belize's cayes, allowing faster passage to the cayes than by boat or water taxi. The airport is named after the late Belizean politician and entrepreneur Barry Bowen.

The head office of Maya Island Air is on the airport.[4] Tropic Air also has a terminal at this airport with multiple flights every day.


In 2012, a project to upgrade and modernize the airport was initiated.[5] Improvements included extending the runway, constructing a new access road, adding a taxiway, and installing a new lighting system; the project was completed in November 2016 at a total cost of BZ$17 million.[6]

The runway is next to the shore on the north edge of the city. Approach and departure are over the water. No overrun pavement is provided.

The Belize VOR-DME (Ident: BZE) is located 7.1 nautical miles (13 km) west-northwest of the runway. The Belize non-directional beacon (Ident: BZE) is located 6.7 nautical miles (12 km) west of the runway.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Maya Island Air Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, Dangriga, Independence, Placencia, Punta Gorda, San Pedro
Tropic Air Belize City-International, Belmopan, Caye Caulker, Dangriga, Silver Creek, Placencia, Punta Gorda, San Pedro, San Ignacio


Belize Shuttles and Private Transfers provides regularly scheduled shuttles from the airport to Placencia, San Ignacio, Hopkins, and water taxi terminals.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for Belize City Municipal Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Belize City Municipal Airport". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  3. ^ "AIC - Airports in Belize". Government of Belize. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Contact Us." Maya Island Air. 10 February 2010. Retrieved on May 16, 2012. "Address: Maya Island Air Regional Municipal Airstrip Building #1, 2nd floor Belize City Belize Belize"
  5. ^ "Municipal Airstrip extension and renamed after Sir Barry". News 5. Belize: Great Belize Productions. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Belize City municipal airstrip gets new name and face". Breaking Belize News. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Belize VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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