Small Country But Busiest Air Routes

The reopening of the world to travel post-COVID is attracting plenty of tourists and air travel to Belize – a country in Central America/Caribbean about the size of Massachusetts but with about 6.1 million people.

​​With only a population of approximately 400,000 people, Belize boasts 3 of the world’s top 50 busiest flight routes.

With all this interest in Belize tourism and air travel, even Air Alaska is getting in on the action. In November of last year, Air Alaska – an airline not typically associated with the Caribbean – announced it would be offering direct flights from Seattle and LA to Belize. Belize is only the fourth country that Air Alaska services.

The top 20 air routes are dominated by dense population centers like China, India, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, but landing at #17 in a country boasting only 400,000 people is the flight route between Belize City Goldson (BZE) airport and Belize Dangriga (DGA) airport.

The full list of routes in Belize landing in the top 50 are as follows:

17 – Belize City Goldson (BZE) – Belize – Dangriga (DGA)​

33 – Belize City Goldson (BZE) – Belize – Placencia (PLJ)​

48 – Belize City Goldson (BZE) – Belize – San Pedro (SPR)

The busy air travel in Belize is fueled by tourists eager to experience all that Belize has to offer – geographically, ecologically, and culturally.

Here are some of the biggest tourist draws in Belize:

Ambergris Caye – is a 25-mile-long island with white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. San Pedro, Ambergris’ main town, offers beachside restaurants, lounges, shops, and luxury hotels.

The Great Blue Hole – Distinguished scuba site and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve – Facing the southern edge of Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the oldest reserve in Belize and is a densely populated aquatic zone for various sea life. The reserve boasts diverse geography and topography that four parts can distinguish: the mangroves, the reef, the sea-grass beds, and the most recently added Shark Ray Alley.

Caye Caulker – is a 4-mile long island that offers snorkeling, scuba, sailing, kayaking, and fishing services to nearby sites along the surrounding barrier reef. Swallow Caye, a manatee preservation site, is also a big draw.

Cayo District – West of Belize City, the Cayo District boasts a cluster of ancient Mayan sites, rolling hills, gorgeous sunsets, butterfly gardens, and verdant jungles. In the heart of the Cayo District sits San Ignacio, a small town that boasts traditional culinary dishes and affordable hotels.