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TROPIC AIR ANNOUNCES SCHEDULED TOUR FLIGHTS FROM PLACENCIA TO THE BLUE HOLE

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PRESS RELEASE
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tropic Air announces that effective November 13th, 2019 it will commence regularly scheduled air tour flights from Placencia to the Blue Hole. These new flights will initially operate on Wednesdays, will take approximately one hour, and will complement the existing scheduled Blue Hole tour flights from San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Belize City Municipal.

“For some time we have been working with our Customers in Placencia to find a way to make these flights happen”, said John E. Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “We have always offered Blue Hole charters from the South, but the time is now right to offer a scheduled flight for the growing tourism market in the peninsula. We know visitors to Placencia want the opportunity to experience Belize’s number one attraction, the way it should be seen, from the air, and we will deliver.”

Flights will depart at 11am on air conditioned Cessna Caravan 208 aircraft, seating 11 passengers in an “air tour” layout. Tropic Air is a certified tour operator and, as such, Blue Hole flights will have a pilot that is also a certified tour guide on board. Special introductory pricing will be available shortly and tours can be booked via local resorts, agents and Tropic Air.

About Tropic Air
With nearly 40 years of service, Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 20 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year. It has two additional aircraft on order.

Tropic Air is a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), and recently successfully completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. Tropic also won the Traveler’s Choice Award in the Specialty and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

Pictured: The Blue Hole during a Tropic Air tour. Photo © 2019 Tony Rath Photography – tonyrath.com and Tropic Air

TROPIC AIR ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF THE BEECH 1900D AIRCRAFT

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PRESS RELEASE San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Friday, September 27, 2019

Tropic Air has announced that it has acquired a twin engine, 19 passenger, Beech 1900D aircraft in a deal worth nearly US$3million. Delivery is scheduled for December with first revenue flight early in the new year. Initially, the aircraft will be placed on current international routes to Cancun, Roatan and Flores. Flying time to those destinations will be significantly reduced.

“The 1900D is a fantastic aircraft. It is fast, pressurized, roomy, and has a stand up cabin,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “This is a significant investment for Tropic Air, and we are excited to be the first in Belize to fly it. We also hope to buy more.”

“Adding a new aircraft type with new capabilities also means opportunities to look at new regional markets to add to our network, and we intend to do that. The 1900D brings cities such as Guatemala City and San Pedro Sula within a comfortable flying time for our passengers,” said Steve Schulte, CEO. “This investment underscores our commitment to Belize, and to our confidence in tourism.”

The 1900D is a turboprop aircraft that is designed primarily for regional routes. It is popular for its speed and passenger comfort, and is the most successful 19 seat airliner ever built.

About Tropic Air With 40 years of service, Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 20 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year. It has two additional aircraft on order. Tropic Air is a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), and recently successfully completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. Tropic also won the Traveler’s Choice Award in the Speciality and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines. Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

TROPIC AIR WELCOMES ANOTHER NEW CESSNA 208B GRAND CARAVAN EX

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PRESS RELEASE
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Monday, May 23, 2019

Tropic Air announced today that it has taken delivery of another new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft for its fleet. The aircraft (V3-HIM) arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport at 3:30pm on Wednesday after a ferry flight from Cessna headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, and comes fully equipped with a G1000 glass cockpit, weather radar and air-conditioning.

“This aircraft represents yet another $5 million vote of confidence in the continued growth of tourism in Belize,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “The Caravan allows us to serve domestic and regional destinations, and is the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient aircraft in its class. We love its performance and passengers love it for the air-conditioning and comfort.”

“This aircraft is the latest example of our commitment to reinvest our earnings in our employees, our terminals and new aircraft to provide the best possible service to our customers,” commented Steve Schulte, CEO of Tropic Air.

With the addition of this new aircraft, Tropic’s permanent fleet will number 18.

About Tropic Air
With nearly 40 years of service, Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 18 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year. It has two additional aircraft on order.

Tropic Air is a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), and recently successfully completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. Tropic also won the Traveler’s Choice Award in the Speciality and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

CONSTRUCTION OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY AT TROPIC AIR’S NEW $1MILLION CAYE CAULKER TERMINAL

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PRESS RELEASE
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Monday, May 6, 2019

Tropic Air announces that construction has officially begun on its new Caye Caulker Terminal.

To be built over ten months and at a cost of BZ$1 Million, the new 1600 square foot air conditioned terminal will feature state of the art amenities for passengers and cargo.

“Caye Caulker is one of the pillars of tourism in Belize and a key driver of economic growth,” John Greif III, President said. “We see enormous growth in tourism to the island, and this new terminal represents a step forward, and a big investment, in the level of comfort for our passengers and visitors to La Isla Cariñosa”

“This investment underscores our commitment to Caye Caulker, to Belize, and to providing our customers and employees with a world-class experience at one of our most important destinations,” said Steve Schulte, CEO. “We appreciate the Government’s support, the support of the Town Council, and the Belize Airports Authority for their continued partnership in transforming the Caye Caulker Airstrip into an airport that islanders can be proud to call their own.”

The new terminal was designed by Javier Alamilla of Nude Architecture, and will be built by Medina’s Construction.

About Tropic Air
With nearly 40 years of service, Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 20 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year. It has two additional aircraft on order.

Tropic Air is a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), and recently successfully completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. Tropic also won the Traveler’s Choice Award in the Speciality and Lesiure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

1st Photo – Artist’s rendition of the completed terminal.
2nd Photo – Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and Area Representative, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, visiting the site of the new terminal in Caye Caulker.

TROPIC AIR WINS THE TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AIRLINES AWARD IN THE SPECIALTY & LEISURE CATEGORY IN LATIN AMERICA

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PRESS RELEASE
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tropic Air announces that it has been recognized with the Travelers’ Choice Award in the Specialty and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines. This is the first time any airline in Belize has won any award from TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor awards the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines by TripAdvisor flyers. These are gathered over a 12-month period.

“This awards validates the hard work and dedication of the 360 Tropic Air employees who have exceeded our guests’ expectations throughout their entire travel experience with us,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air.

“We are honoured by this award and its recognition is cherished. It makes us strive to continue the work of enhancing, investing in, and improving the experience for all our customers,” said Steve Schulte, CEO of Tropic Air.

To read TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Tropic Air, go to
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Airline_Review-d10533105-Reviews-Tropic-Air-Belize

For the complete list of Travelers’ Choice award-winning airlines for 2019, visit:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Airlines-cLatinAmerica

About Tropic Air
With nearly 40 years of service, Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 20 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year. It has two additional aircraft on order.

Tropic Air recently successfully completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. In September, Tropic was also admitted as a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), after meeting its professional standards requirements.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

40 YEARS OF SERVICE

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PRESS RELEASE
February 5th, 2019
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

A few weeks ago, we welcomed our newest addition, a Cessna Caravan 208B EX to our fleet. This brings our fleet to 17 aircraft, and gives us the third largest passenger Caravan fleet (14) in the world.

To celebrate this milestone, and our 40 years of service, we have adorned the new aircraft with a special Belizean flag themed livery, and dedicated it to the people of this great nation.

As the airline of #Belize, we are honored to fly the flag of our homeland every day, and take great pride in being Belizean.

About Tropic Air
Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled departures with 13 air conditioned, glass-cockpit, Cessna Caravans to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year.

Tropic Air recently completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit successfully for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. In September 2017, Tropic was admitted as a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), after meeting its professional standards requirements.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

TROPIC AIR ANNOUNCES NEW SAN IGNACIO TO PLACENCIA FLIGHT

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PRESS RELEASE
August 24th, 2018
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Tropic Air announced today that beginning January 1, 2019, they will commence a new, one time weekly, seasonal, non-stop flight between San Ignacio and Placencia.

“Today, we are celebrating linking San Ignacio and Placencia by air”, said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “For some time, our partners have been requesting this new flight to avoid the long drive south for tourists on rainforest and reef itineraries. We are happy to work with them to make it a reality, and to do our part to promote the growth of tourism in Belize”.

The flights are now bookable via the web at tropicair.com, via e-mail at reservations@tropicair.com, by phone at +501 226-2626, via Whatsapp at +501 622-5857, by WebChat, at any of our stations, or by visiting any of our authorized sales agents.

About Tropic Air
Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled departures with 13 air conditioned, glass-cockpit, Cessna Caravans to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year.

Tropic Air recently completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit successfully for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. In September 2017, Tropic was admitted as a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), after meeting its professional standards requirements.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

TROPIC AIR ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF TWO MORE AIRCRAFT

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PRESS RELEASE
July 31st, 2018
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

 

Tropic Air announced today that it expects to take delivery of two Cessna Grand Caravan EX’s. These aircraft are equipped with Garmin avionics, weather radar and air-conditioning. Expected delivery is within the month of August.

“These aircraft represent a BZ$14,000,000 vote of confidence in the continued growth of tourism in Belize and in the expansion of Tropic Air,” said John Greif III, President. “The Caravan is the right aircraft for Tropic as it allows us to serve all domestic airstrips within Belize. It also is the most technologically advanced aircraft in its class. We love its performance and passengers love it for the air-conditioning and comfort.”

“As evidenced by our recent announcements of new interline partnerships with COPA and Condor Airlines, our increased service to Placencia, Roatan, San Pedro, and a restart of Caye Caulker operations, we are confident in our continued growth” said Steve Schulte, CEO of Tropic Air.

With the addition of these two new aircraft, Tropic’s fleet will number 16. Tropic also has lease options on two Twin Otter aircraft for seasonal use.

About Tropic Air
Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 14 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year.

Tropic Air recently completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit successfully for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. In September 2017, Tropic was admitted as a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), after meeting its professional standards requirements.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com.

TROPIC AIR INCREASES FLIGHTS BETWEEN SAN PEDRO AND BELIZE CITY

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PRESS RELEASE
July 26th, 2018
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Tropic Air announced today that, effective August 1, 2018, it is increasing service between San Pedro (SPR) and Belize City Municipal (TZA). There will now be 15 daily roundtrip flights, with departures as often as every 30 minutes. Flights will now begin earlier (6:30AM), and end later in the day (6:00PM).

“Our business customers have been asking for earlier and later departures, as well as greater frequency on this important domestic route,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “With more aircraft being added to our fleet, we now have the ability to offer them greater flexibility to make the most of their day.”

The new San Pedro – Belize Municipal schedule is as follows (all flights are daily). New flights are highlighted:

 

The flights are now bookable via the web at tropicair.com, via e-mail at reservations@tropicair.com, by phone at +501 226-2626, via Whatsapp at +501 622-5857, by WebChat, at any of our stations, or by visiting any of our authorized sales agents.

About Tropic Air
With nearly 40 years of service, Tropic Air flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 15 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 350 team members and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year.

Tropic Air recently successfully completed IATA’s Industry Standard Safety Audit for the third time, after joining the program in 2015. In September, Tropic was also admitted as a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), after meeting its professional standards requirements.

Journalists with media enquiries, please contact the press office: pr@tropicair.com

FREAK STORM IN FLORES DAMAGES PARKED TROPIC AIRCRAFT

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July 17th, 2018
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

 

Late this evening, one of our aircraft, a 7 seat GA8 Airvan, was damaged during a freak storm while it was parked for the night at Flores (Peten) airport.