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Forty Years Of Serving Belize

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Forty years ago, in 1979, the legendary game Trivial Pursuit was launched. In that same year, Margaret Thatcher made history by becoming the first woman Prime Minister in the UK, the $200 Sony Walkman was released, the snowboard took to the slopes for the first time, and Pink Floyd released their album, The Wall.

That same year in Belize, a savvy businessman by the name of John Grief III opened the doors to the first commercial airline in the country. With the name of Tropical Air Services Ltd, this two-employee airline (both who still work for the airline), was a far cry from the 380 employee Tropic Air of today. Back then, the runway was made of grass and the “terminal” operated out of a bodega at The Holiday Hotel. The first aircraft was a lone 1976 Cessna 172 VP-HDC (Delta Charlie), which did runs between Belize City and San Pedro.

Painting of Tropic Air’s first terminal in San Pedro.

Tropic Air San Pedro Terminal and part of fleet.

During the 1980s and 90s, Tropic continued to add destinations and terminals within the country of Belize, and the number of employees grew substantially. Eventually, Tropic branched into its first international destination with flights to Flores (to meet the demand of tourists wanting to visit the ancient Maya city of Tikal), and into tours like the Blue Hole.

Today, Tropic Air is a very different airline from 40 years ago. It boasts a fleet of 18 aircraft, flying about 320,000 passengers and 450,000 pieces of freight to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. In January, Tropic Air will welcome a Beech 1900D twin engine airliner to its fleet, as well as open a new, more spacious terminal in Caye Caulker. The airline has indeed come a long way!

This month we celebrate this important Ruby Anniversary with planned activities at all our destinations. Come and join the celebration. We couldn’t have done it without you!

3 Guys, 48 years and Counting

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Tropic Air has over 300 employees, many who have been with us for over 10 years, and some who have even been with us since our beginnings in 1979. This month we would like to introduce you to some of the people who work at our Dangriga station. Dangriga is the largest town in Southern Belize.  Here you will find a vibrant music, culture and art scene grounded in the strong influence of the Garifuna people.  Inland, the Bocawina National Park offers intense adventures such as ziplining, waterfall rappelling and hiking to Antelope Falls. The Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve is also within easy driving distance. Offshore Dangriga, provides easy access to the Southern Cayes, in particular South Water Caye, Tobacco Caye and Glovers Reef Atoll, where the diving and snorkelling are spectacular.

At our Dangriga station there are three people whose combined years of service totals 48! That’s longer than Tropic has been in operation.  Let us introduce you to Derry Nasario, Stanli Pascual and Geovani Johnson.

Derry Nasario, Stanli Pascual and Geovanni Johnson

Derry Nasario has worked for Tropic for 20 years. He started working on 1st December 1997 in the San Pedro terminal as a ramp agent. After 4 years here, he made the move to Hopkins and started working at our Dangriga station in 2001. He loves the working environment at Tropic and particularly the management. In his spare time Derry likes to fish and he also likes to jog every morning, to keep fit.

Stanli Pascual has worked for Tropic for 18 years. He started in 2001 as a ramp agent. He particularly enjoys working with his co-workers and is part of the Tropic Air basketball team, The Tropic Thunders. In his spare- time he likes to clean up the environment.

Geovani Johnson has worked for Tropic for 10 years. He started working on 20th July 2008. Before that he used to work at a factory in Belmopan making orange Juice. He remembers how excited and willing to learn he was on his first day at Tropic. His favorite part about working here are his fellow co-workers. Geovani likes to lift weights and is also part of the Tropic Air basketball team. He really enjoys the welcoming, comfortable working environment of Tropic and says “it feels like family”

We are proud and thankful for having Derry, Stanli and Geovani on our team and for their years of service to Tropic Air. We hope you get to meet them and the rest of our team from our Dangriga station when getting a Tropic Air flight.

Tropic Air flies to Dangriga several times a day from the Belize City International and Municipal airports as well as Placencia and Punta Gorda. Dangriga airport is located in the northern part of town.