Information coming to the office of Ambergris Today is that a worker’s strike at the Belize’s Phillip Goldson International Airport has put the airport on shutdown today Saturday, February 21, 2015.
According to sources, as of this morning no aircrafts (both local and international) have been able to land at Belize’s only international airport due to the fact that workers, operators and controllers at the air traffic control tower have gone on strike.
Information given to Ambergris Today indicates that Delta's early morning flight from Los Angeles to Belize was diverted to San Pedro Sula, Honduras after it circled a few times over Belize's international airport. That flight is still grounded this morning in San Pedro Sula with 150 passengers. All other flight aircrafts scheduled to land at the airport have been cancelled for the time being. Reasons as to the strike are still unknown and airport authorities are looking into the matter to get the airport back in operations.
Meanwhile the scene at local airports around the country of Belize is that of confusion, frustration and scheduling chaos as travelers looking to leave the country are unable to. Hotels in the island of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, are being notified of the situation for them to keep their guests informed and updated.
All other flights in the country of Belize are running as scheduled except those to the international airport. More information on the strike and situation at the airport will be posted as it becomes available.
Scene at Tropic Air terminal, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, as flights are grounded bound to Belize's Phillip Goldson International Airport
Situation Update 11:30a.m. 21/2/15:
Official word has been given that Belize’s Phillip Goldson International Airport will be back in operations as of 11a.m. Indications are that CEO of Civil Aviation Mr. Lindsay Garbutt has informed that air traffic controllers from neighboring countries will be brought in the country to operate the command tower. The first flight of the day is expected to land at 11:30a.m.
Local aircraft carrier Tropic Air has indicated that they have commenced flight to the international airport, as it seems that international carriers have communicated to their customers to fly to the airport, pending decisions on opening the scheduled flights once again. Passengers with international flights are urged to call their carriers to keep abreast of the situation.