Flying to Belize is quick and easy but not cheap. Here we review your options when flying here and possible ways of nailing those sometimes elusive cheap flights. Seven international airlines fly into Belize: TACA, Continental, American, Delta, US Air, Southwest, and non-stop from Canada WestJet and Air Canada. The gateway cities from the U.S. are Miami, Houston, Dallas, Newark, Charlotte and Atlanta. TACA is very popular with Belizeans and also has service direct into the other countries in Central America via El Salvador. In 2017 INTERJET has been offering some serious competition to local and regional airlines flying into Belize via Mexico and also into Cuba. Their equipment is more modern and world-class compared to local Belize airlines such as Tropic Air.
The airlines flying here deploy smaller jets such as the Boeing 737 or 767 or similar with the usual compact seating. Prices tend to be high for the more comfortable first class. Flights from Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Charlotte and Houston take two to two and a half hours.
Regional airlines such as Maya Island Air have daily service between Belize City and Cancun, Guatemala City and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Tropic Air has daily service between Belize City and Flores-Santa Elena, Guatemala. As of August 2017 Tropic discontinued flights to Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico claiming these were uneconomical routes.
Travelers to our country frequently complain about the artificially high cost of airfare that is a reflection of government taxes economies of scale. Tickets from the U.S. to Cancun or Cozumel are approximately half the cost of tickets to Belize City due to the high volume of subsidized travel from North America into Mexico. From the chief North American gateways you can expect to pay US$450 to $750 or more for a round trip to Belize.
Airfare tends to be cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Avoid weekends if you are on a budget. Mondays are popular with business travelers and weekends are key dates for holiday makers wanting the longest trips possible – thus these dates are best avoided if you want to save cash. The most expensive air tickets to Belize are found during peak holiday travel times, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Thus avoid these seasons if you are looking for cheap flights to Belize.
Travelers on a budget should also consider flights into Flores, Guatemala. To get to Belize, you can grab a spot on a bus to the western border with Guatemala, or a cheap flight from Flores to Belize City. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus ride as part of your journey can save you enough money to make it worth your while.
Airlines flying to here occasionally have Internet specials with prices as low as US$250. but you have to act fast as the windows for purchase and travel are small and few.
Travel experts in our forums advise that you sign up for Internet fare specials alerts. Keep tabs on on-line reservation sites. It is useful to have a friendly travel agent do this for you as travel agents have access to hourly flight fare fluctuations on systems such as Amadeus that are not available to the public.
Domestic Air Travel Within The Country
Some believe that the most time-efficient option for travel within Belize is by air. Regularly scheduled flights cover the country and and also provide regional service to nearby areas in Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras.
Scheduled Belize Flights & Charters
Maya Island Air 1-800-521-1247 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mayaislandair.com
In Belize: Tel: 501-225-2336 (Int’lAirport-PGIA) Tel: 501-223-1140
Tropic Air 1-800-422-3435 Email: email@example.com
In Belize: Tel: 501-225-2302 (Int’l Airport PGIA) Tel: 501–226-2012
Belize Helicopter Services
Astrum Helicopter Service www.astrumhelicopters.com Tel: 501-222-5100
Travel Agency in Belize: Exodus International Tel: +501-824-4400
Flight information for Belize
There are 19 airports in Belize. Apart from the international airport at Laydville near Belize city, all other facilities are small airports with limited facilities. The 6 busiest airports in Belize are:
Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (Ladyville, airport code MZBZ, 10 miles from Belize City, Belize).
At this time, 11 airlines operate out of the Philip S.W. Goldson Intl Airport – international code MZBZ.
Philip S.W. Goldson Intl Airport offers nonstop flights to 18 cities.
Every week, at least 490 domestic flights and 147 international flights depart from Philip S.W. Goldson Intl Airport.
Dangriga Municipal Airport (Dangriga, Belize)
Two airlines operate out of Dangriga Airport.
Dangriga Airport offers nonstop flights to 4 cities.
Every week, at least 273 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Dangriga Airport.
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Airport (San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize)
Two airlines operate out of San Pedro Airport.
San Pedro Airport offers nonstop flights to 5 cities.
Every week, at least 322 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from San Pedro Airport.
Placencia Airport (Placencia, Belize)
Two airlines operate out of Placencia Airport.
Placencia Airport offers nonstop flights to 4 cities.
Every week, at least 203 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Placencia Airport.
Belize City Municipal Airport (Belize City, Belize)
Two airlines operate out of Belize City Municipal Airport.
Belize City Municipal Airport offers nonstop flights to 5 cities.
Every week, at least 273 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Belize City Municipal Airport.
City Of Belmopan Municipal Airport (City of Belmopan, Belize)
Two airlines operate out the City of Belmopan Airport
City of Belmopan Airport offers non-stop service to 5 cities.
Every week at least 174 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from the City of Belmopan Municipal Airport.
City of Belmopan Municipal Airport offers the second longest runway after PGIA to facilitate cargo aircraft in times of natural disasters such a hurricanes.
Most Direct And Cheapest Travel To Belize
From a question on the Belize Forums asking about travel from Florida to Belize:
Most direct and most economical are usually different.
Most direct is likely American Airlines nonstop from Miami (MIA) to Belize International (BZE) and then either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air from BZE nonstop to San Pedro (SPR).
Most economical would vary depending on when you are going and probably how far ahead you are buying your international ticket. Some people find that the cheapest route is flying to Cancun, Mexico (CUN) and taking an ADO bus to Chetumal, Mexico, and then either a Belize water taxi direct from Chetumal City (the water taxi pier is almost directly across from the Chetumal Palacio Municipal) to San Pedro, or alternatively a bus from Chetumal to Belize City and then a water taxi to San Pedro. That or an overnight ADO bus from Cancun to Belize City and then a water taxi to San Pedro. But this would vary a lot depending on when you go. If you are headed south, then a bus to bus changeover from Belize City is cheapest. James Bus Lines is known for running a mid to top level service to the south with good buses and competent drivers.
Kayak.com or one of the other metasites that compare airfares on major airlines are usually a good way to find the best deals.
It might even be that a Greyhound bus from any state in the U.S.A. to the Mexico border at Brownsville or McAllen, Texas, and then a bus through Mexico to Belize would be cheapest. Travelers would eat at bus stops and sleep on the bus. This route would be long (like 3 days very few-stops) and hard, but undoubtedly a memorable trip and more dollars in your pocket.