The Government of Belize and International Airport Alliance Belize have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop an international airport in Ambergris Caye.

Set to be named the Efrain Guerrero International Airport, it will be Belize’s second international airport.

During the one-year period of the MoU, International Airport Alliance Belize will finalise logistics in terms of land, finances and environmental assessments.

The scope of the proposed project includes a terminal building, a runway, a taxiway and an apron. Once operational, the airport is expected to create approximately 181 jobs.

“During the one-year period of the MoU, International Airport Alliance Belize will finalise logistics in terms of land, finances and environmental assessments.”

As well as providing long-term socio-economic benefits to Belize, the airport is expected to boost direct tourism arrivals to San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Belize Minister of State for Trade Tracy Taegar-Panton told 7News Belize: “There is still some work to do in terms of the commitment and the arrangements for the land and that sort of thing.”

Taegar-Panton added that the MoU is in effect for another year and the government hopes to complete all due diligence for the project and then begin the construction phase.