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Jun 11, 2020

Philip Goldson International Airport Remains Closed

One of the most anticipated decisions involves the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport. That matter was discussed at length this week at the meeting of the National Oversight Committee and Cabinet. The tourism industry, which accounts for forty-five percent of G.D.P., is Belize’s biggest foreign exchange earner and is a major driver of jobs and economic growth.  The impact on the industry is staggering and reopening the P.G.I.A. for visitors is seen as the saving grace for the industry.  The question now is: when will the international airport open for international visitors?  Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte says that after pronouncements made by the World Health Organization and PAHO, it was decided to hold back on the reopening.

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“There is no decision yet on the airport. We’ve thought we had come to a decision in Cabinet and upon getting some consultation from people but we decided afterwards to say look, what we thought would have been saved based on pronouncements made by the World Health Organization and PAHO and other places that we could have found a safe way to open the airport and have the airport open by a certain time. However we found out that some of the studies were not reliable. We cannot enter a scenario where if you do ten tests only six are reliable. So that is not a safe way to open the airport. So we are not at the airport opening as yet. And pretty soon though we will come to a determination more or less when it will be open but we don’t want to just give a date. We want to give a date when we know for sure we will be ready as we possibly can to open the airport.”


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