The unveiling of the newly renovated airstrip located at the Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge road was officially inaugurated today. The once white marled, dilapidated stretch was the only transit point for air arrivals to Orange Walk and whilst the numbers of tourist arrivals to our shores are steadily increasing, the need for an internationally accepted standard airstrip was pertinent. Today among several government dignitaries, BTB officials and members of the Belize Airports Authority, the newly upgraded airstrip and its name change was unveiled today.
Elodio Aragon Jr. – OW EAST, STANDARD BEARER
“This airstrip will go a long way to improving the safety of all those who come to Orange Walk and to all those who use it, over time the use of this airstrip has been constantly growing not only by those living in Orange Walk or doing business here but also to the many Belizeans and tourist that use it every day.”
Rosendo Urbina – BTB Representative Orange Walk Branch
“Small as it is this airstrip will definitely bring benefits to our district, it will promote and encourage good tourism, it will make available and easier and more expeditious access to the tourist destinations in our district, it will encourage more and more people to use the services of our air, it will facilitate and expedite travel throughout our country.”
Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia, told the congregate that the airstrip will serve to promote and expand the local capacity of tourist arrivals, thus improving the economy and benefiting the north. Heredia announced today that the airstrip has been renamed to the His Excellency Fred Martinez Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip.
Manuel Heredia – Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation
“The inauguration of this airstrip fulfils the promise of this government to bring economic opportunity, convenience and secure access to services and a better quality of live for our citizens in the north, the Corozal airstrip was upgraded a few years ago and has since played a key role in the economic activity in Corozal, I am excited to say that with the inauguration of this new and improved airstrip, my government has directly invested over 1.2 million dollars to enhance air connectivity and increase the capacity to gainfully accommodate arrivals in the respective communities here in the north of our beautiful jewel. This is in commemoration of the lives of one of Orange Walk’s most astute and celebrated son and one of Belize’s renown diplomatic giant, Ambassador Martinez champion relentlessly because of Belize sovereignty and economic independence and for that it shall remain for ever indebted to the live and to his legacy and to his family who are here with us this morning.”
Since 2009, over 6 years, the Government of Belize has been actively engaged in an airport development program of aerodromes countrywide. To date, over 6 million Belize dollars have been invested in the improvement and development of airstrips across Belize. This 1.2 million dollar project was funded by the Government of Belize and the Belize Airports Authority.
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