The best thing about flying into Belize on the early morning flights on AA from Miami or Delta from Atlanta is that those 2 flights get in just before or at noon and are the first and only major commercial flights landing at BZE. Every time we have been on one of those flights they roll up 2 sets of stairs, since they arent needed for another plane, and empty the plane from the front and back simultaneously. The Immigration/Customs hall is empty and the baggage claim area is not crowded at all. The terminal is very small and there are only a few booths for Immigration and Customs. We are usually anywhere from 15-30 mins from getting out of our seat in the plane to being out in the parking lot getting into our ride to our apartment. Even last December with needing an arrival Covid test and waiting for results we were less than 40 mins from leaving the plane to getting in the car.
Starting about 1pm until about 4pm there can be, and often are, 2, 3 or 4 jets arriving within minutes of each other and the lineup for Immigration is all through the building and outside (in the sun) as the small facilities and limited staff are overwhelmed. The smaller regional airlines (Tropic Air and Maya Air) at BZE that fly to San Pedro and other cities, wait or let passengers take the next flight since so many miss their booked time due to wait times to get through Immigration and Customs. Unfortunately the Water Taxis from Belize City to San Pedro do not wait and folks on late afternoon flights hoping to catch the last run (5:30) to San Pedro, often miss it due to the crowds at the airport and then the 45-90 minute taxi ride to the water taxi terminal downtown.