I am often asked which Belize City airport to use. There are two: the Belize International Airport (called Phillip Goldson) (BZE) and Belize Municipal (TZA), both located in Belize City. Both are usually listed on travel sites and it confuses people, because from major international gateway cities you can only fly into one of them, but both are often mentioned.
Let’s say you are going to Caye Caulker before joining our Belize Adventure Week trip. Is it better to use Belize International or Belize Municipal?
When you fly into Belize from another country, you always land at BZE. So if you plan to fly elsewhere directly upon arrival in the country, you should fly from International, there’s no point in taking a cab to Municipal to then fly to your destination. However, if you are already in the country and flying to another location in Belize, it makes more sense to use TZA.
The reason that the Municipal airport is preferred for in-country arrival is that flights are cheaper, and taxis are cheaper to get to the airport as well. International is a much bigger airport and landing fees are higher, so those tickets are always more expensive. And the government has given cab drivers permission to charge more for cab rides to or from International. So, a cab ride from International to the Biltmore (where our groups stay) is about $35, but from Municipal to the Biltmore, it is about $10. It is further in distance from the Biltmore to International, but feels closer because of the traffic encountered getting to Municipal.
Also, all flights begin or end in Belize City. You can’t fly from San Pedro to Dangriga for instance, you have to go through Belize City. If staying in the country for while, you will save money flying through Municipal as much as you can.