Country Profile


Key Facts

Date of Independence:
21 September 1981
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
151 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
180 of 242 in the World

The Country


Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of northern Central America. It shares a border in the north with the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, in the west with the Guatemalan department of Petén, and in the south with the Guatemalan department of Izabal. To the east in the Caribbean Sea, the second-longest barrier reef in the world flanks much of the 386 kilometers of predominantly marshy coastline. It is located between 87° to 89° western geographic longitude and 16° to 18° northern geographic latitude and has an area of 22,973 square kilometres (8,870 square miles). The latitude and longitude of the capital, Belmopán, are about 88°48′ W and 16°18′ N.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Belize History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Belize
World Travel Guide – North America – Belize
wikipedia: Belize
wikipedia: History of Belize
Library of Congress / Area Handbook Series / Belize
Belize Travel
Belize Guide


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Belize.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix for British Honduras ‘VP-H’ was used from 1947 to 1984; eg:VP-HAA to VP-HZZ.
The registration prefix ‘V3-‘ is used from 1984 to present; eg: V3-1AA to V3-9ZZ.

All-time Belize – civil aircraft register (VP-Haa V3-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Defence Aviation (Belize Defence Force Air Wing)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by chartered commercial operators
Coast Guard Aviation (Belize Coast Guard) – no aviation unit

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no helicopter rescue service
Police Aviation (Belize Police Department) – no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

wikipedia: Airlines of Belize
The World’s Airlines: Belize

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Belmopán AP (IATA code: BCV)
Big Creek AP (IATA code: BGK)
Belize City / Belize City MAP (IATA code: TZA)
Belize City / Philip S. W. Goldson IAP (IATA code: BZE)
Caye Chapel AP (IATA code: CYC)
Corozal AP (IATA code: CZH)
Dangriga AP (IATA code: DGA)
Independence AP (IATA code: INB)
Melinda AP (IATA code: MDB)
Manatee AP (IATA code: MZE)
Orange Walk AP (IATA code: ORZ)
Punta Gorda AP (IATA code: PND)
Sartaneja AP (IATA code: SJX)
San Pedro / Ambregris Caye AP (IATA code: SPR)
San Ignacio / Matthew Spain AP (IATA code: SQS)
Santa Cruz AP (IATA code: STU)
Silver Creek AP (IATA code: SVK)
Airports in Belize

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present.

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None at present.

Aviation Bibliography

Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)

Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)

Military Balance (IISS)

World Air Power Journal 32, p.142

Web Links

The Latin American Aviation Historical Society

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