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Dec 16, 2021

Belize as a Hub for Regional Airline Carriers?

Among those plans is seeing Belize become a hub for regional airline carriers. Minister Mahler explains what that process is looking like and the need for reducing taxes for regional travelers from Central America.  


Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations

Anthony Mahler

“We believe that we can have Belize as a – I don’t want to use hub – but we can attract more flights from Central America and from Mexico. So, what Honduras has done is called it C-Four; they have created a packed regime for flights originating out of four countries in Central America, specifically. Now, the Mexican carriers have told us that between $55 and $68 U.S dollars for departure fees and taxes, they would not be able to come to Belize and generate a profit. Zero from zero is zero, so we have none coming in at the moment. We believe that we can create routes from all across Central America, not only Mexico, and Cabinet approved that I go back, talk to all the agencies – Belize Airports Concession Company, PACT and airport authority on how we can reduce the fees to attract more Mexican and regional carriers.”

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