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TROPIC AIR RESUMES LIMITED DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

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PRESS RELEASE
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Tropic Air announces that effective Monday, May 11, 2020, we will be resuming domestic passenger flights. Flights will serve San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Belize City Municipal, Placencia, Dangriga, Corozal and Punta Gorda, and initially be at limited frequencies, on limited days. As demand warrants, we may add more flights to meet demand. Please also note that there will be no flights on public and bank holidays.

Here is our schedule of passenger flights:

Dedicated cargo flights also continue between Corozal, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Belize City, Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda. There is also no cargo service on public and bank holidays.

We have amended our station opening hours to accommodate the resumption of passenger flights. They are as follows:

San Pedro: 7AM to 5PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
San Pedro Cargo: 7AM-2PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Caye Caulker: 7AM to 5:00PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Belize City Municipal: 7AM to 5PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Belize City Municipal Cargo: 8AM to 2PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Corozal: 7AM to 2PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda: 8AM to 4PM on Wednesdays

As our schedule can change based on unforeseen developments, we encourage all our customers to follow our social media channels for real time updates.

Questions?

For Cargo questions, please contact (+501) 223-4851 or your local station. You can find the phone number of the station nearest you here https://www.tropicair.com/customer-service/contact/

For passenger information, our reservations / information team is available at (+501) 226-2626 or (+501) 226-2012. You can also contact them at reservations@tropicair.com, via the chat feature on our website, or via WhatsApp at (+501) 622-5857.

Please also follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed @tropicairbelize for important updates, service changes and cargo information. Covid-19 service updates can always be found on our website at https://www.tropicair.com/coronavirus-covid-19/ .

Little Dinosaurs of Belize

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We have over 100 types of reptiles in Belize. Here are a few things you might not know about 2 of our most common iguanas

1: The Green Iguana, scientifically known as Iguana iguana is the largest iguana in Belize, with potential to grow up to 10 feet from tip to tail. They are magnificent and simultaneously scary looking creatures.

2: Belizeans call them Bamboo chicken, because apparently that’s what they taste like – chicken.

3: Funnily enough, despite its name, it’s green only when younger. As it matures, the male becomes more olive, changing to a magnificent orange color when mating. The female is a dull greyish color.

4: Green Iguanas are usually found inland hanging around in trees although they are known to hang out at the Cayes (who doesn’t love to hang out at the Cayes?)

5: They are very good swimmers, and are often seen launching themselves from great heights into a river in order to escape predators and boy, do they make a splash!

6: Apparently green Iguanas often star in dinosaur movies!

7: The other ubiquitous iguana of Belize, is the black or Spiny Iguana, whose scientific name is Ctenosaura similis. This one is usually found along the coast or on the Cayes. It’s locally known as Wish Willy and it likes to hang out on rocks and on the sand but can also climb trees.

8: These critters literally hoover up plants. They seem to eat anything even the ones they aren’t meant to. They especially love young green shoots or flowers , much to the annoyance of many a keen gardener.

9: Both the Spiny and the Green Iguana have a third eye known as a parietal located on the top of the head and looking very much like a scale. This is their early warning alarm. Though they can’t actually see completely through this, they can detect dark shadows and movement and the iguana will move its head to see properly through its true eyes if it detects danger.

10: Both iguanas use a bobbing head movement when threatened. They also use this movement during mating season which is normally from December through to February.

11: Our Iguanas love to sunbathe. In fact, they need the sun to warm their body temperature to at least 75F in order to move.

12: Like all lizards , they shed their tail in order to escape a threatening situation. The tail will continue to move whilst the iguana runs off. Its a very disconcerting thing to see. See this iguana here, his tail is still growing back but he doesn’t care.

13: Belize has a Green Iguana Conservation Project! It is located and run by San Ignacio Resort Hotel and they offer educational tours where you can not only learn about these reptiles, but also get up close and personal with them. Check them out –> Green Iguana Conservation Project

TROPIC AIR AMENDS CARGO STATION OPERATIONAL HOURS

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PUBLIC NOTICE
Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Cargo flights continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between Belize City Municipal, San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Corozal. Effective today, April 5th, the operational days and hours for the stations to receive and distribute cargo have been amended and are as follows.

Cargo Station Hours (Monday, Wednesday & Friday only)
Belize City Municipal: 10AM to 2PM
San Pedro: 7AM to 2:30PM
Corozal: 7AM to 2PM
Caye Caulker: 9:30AM to 2:30PM

The cargo stations are closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Cargo flights to/from Orange Walk, Belmopan, San Ignacio, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, and Placencia remain suspended until further notice. There is also no cargo service on public and bank holidays.

As our schedule can change based on unforeseen developments, we encourage all our customers to follow our social media channels for real time updates.

Questions?
For Cargo questions, please contact (+501) 223-4851 or your local station. You can find the phone number of the station nearest you here https://www.tropicair.com/customer-service/contact/

For passenger information, our reservations / information team is available at (+501) 226-2626 or (+501) 226-2012. You can also contact them at reservations@tropicair.com, via the chat feature on our website, or via WhatsApp at (+501) 622-5857.

Please also follow our Facebook page or our Twitter feed @tropicairbelize for important updates, service changes and cargo information. Covid-19 service updates can always be found on our website at https://www.tropicair.com/coronavirus-covid-19/ .

TROPIC AIR ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF A BEECHCRAFT 1900D AIRCRAFT

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PRESS RELEASE
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Tropic Air announces that on Friday, January 31st, it accepted delivery if its first Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. The 1900D is a modern, twin engine, 19 passenger, regional airliner. It arrived at the the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City at 4:15pm after a ferry flight from the USA. The airliner is to enter revenue service shortly on Tropic Air’s main international routes from Belize City to Cancun, Roatan and Flores.

“The 1900D is a world class airliner. It is fast, pressurized, spacious, and has a stand-up cabin with glass cockpit,” 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 and in Central America to fly it in passenger service.”

“This investment underscores our commitment to Belize, and the future of tourism”, said Steve Schulte, CEO. “Adding a new aircraft with the capabilities of this type gives us the opportunity to expand our network with service between Belize and our neighboring countries, increasing tourism arrivals, and building regional business opportunities for Belizeans.”

The 1900D is a turboprop airliner that is designed primarily for regional routes. It is popular for its speed and passenger comfort. The aircraft can fly from Belize City to Cancun in as little as 50 minutes and has a crew of two.

About Tropic Air
With 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 professionals and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year.

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

TROPIC AIR CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO BELIZE

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PRESS RELEASE
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Monday, December 8th, 2019

This Wednesday, December 11, Tropic Air commemorates its 40th birthday, and the airline is marking it by celebrating with customers.

“The mission of Tropic Air for the past 40 years has been to build the tourism industry of Belize with convenient dependable air service throughout the country and beyond. We would not be here today without the pioneering spirit and unwavering support of our colleagues in the Belize tourism industry” said Steven Schulte, Tropic’s CEO. “We help to connect families, fulfill vacation dreams and make business travel easier so that we can all grow and prosper. It’s been a wonderful 40 years, and we look forward to many more.”

“From that first pioneering customer who flew with us in 1979 to a rough landing strip in San Pedro, to the hundreds of thousands who will choose to fly with us in 2020, on more than 200 flights a day to 15 destinations around the region, on 19 aircraft – we thank them all,” added John Greif III, President. “From humble beginnings, we have grown to become an international airline and a strong contributor to the growth of Belize. The story of Tropic Air mirrors the story of the growth of our customers, and of tourism in Belize. Of that, we are most proud.”

Customers flying with Tropic Air on Wednesday will be greeted with decorations and refreshments, special discounts and souvenirs. In addition, there will be special surprises for cargo customers, and as an added birthday gift, all Tropic Miles members who fly with us on that day, will receive 500 bonus miles added to their accounts.

About Tropic Air
With 40 years of service, Tropic Air currently flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 19 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air now employs over 360 professionals and will carry over 300,000 passengers and 425,000 items of freight system wide this year.

In January, Tropic Air will welcome a Beech 1900D twin engine airliner to its fleet, as well as officially inaugurate a new and more spacious terminal in Caye Caulker.

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.

To join Tropic Miles – miles.tropicair.com

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

TROPIC AIR IS CHANGING ITS SCHEDULE TO ORANGE WALK

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ANNOUNCEMENT
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Effective, December 4th, 2019, Tropic Air will be amending its flight schedule between San Pedro and Orange Walk (Tower Hill – ORZ). Twice daily, scheduled service will now operate five days a week with passenger, Lamanai tour and cargo service from Mondays to Fridays.
Please note the Orange Walk Station will now be open 7:00am through 4:00pm on weekdays.

About Tropic Air
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 Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines.

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.

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

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

Climb To The Summit

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PART 1: What Do You Do In Your Spare Time?

The first thing Kenrick said when asked on Monday how it went was “It was hard this year. The Heat was extreme! Indeed, it was an extremely hot and humid weekend here in Belize, with averages in the 90s and even rising to 100F.

This year the team was made up of 12, with one guide, Benedicto. Their motto for the expedition was “We are one with Nature, life is an adventure we got to live it”. The group started out at 7.22am on Friday morning, a little later than usual as one of the new team members had a backpack that was overweight, when checked by the guide. They were all eager to make up time and walked the first part at a fast pace, knowing from experience that this was the easiest part and they wanted to get as far as they could before the heat intensified. Along the way, Lennox, our other Tropic employee tried to clear some branches blocking the path, with his machete, when a small stick hit his left knee and gashed it open and they had to perform some quick temporary first aid until they got to the camp.

The group arrived at the 12K mark on the Sittee River at around 9.20am, having made pretty good time. After, crossing the river, they all took an hour break to refuel. The heat was fierce and the lesser experienced among the group were exhausted. From this point onwards the terrain gets much harder, so it was decided that the more experienced, including our two intrepid employees Kenrick and Lennox, would forge on ahead, taking some of the weight from the kits of those less experienced.

Kenrick said, that the extra weight they were carrying and the intense heat and humidity made the trek, that much harder and the rainforest seemed denser than normal and somewhat unreal. They stopped at 17 kilometers where there is a helipad clearing, and decided to wait for the rest of the group. Here they all fell asleep for about 50 minutes but the others still had not shown, so they continued on as by now it was already 1.05pm. They arrived at 19K Base camp approx. 40 minutes later and began setting up the tents and preparing a quick noodle meal for the others. At around 4.10 only 6 of the remaining group arrived.

One of their group had felt faint from exhaustion and had to head back to Camp 12K to spend the night, with the guide Benedicto. Along the way the other six climbers had an encounter with a jaguar who crossed their paths. They were all exhilarated, excited and a little relieved when it went on its way.

Kenny discovered in the changing of backpacks, that his kit had been left behind at 16K so he and Lennox made a quick trek back to get it. By now it was getting dark and a little scary so they went as fast as they could. After showering in the river and eating they all fell asleep in their hammocks with an eight- foot Boa constrictor as their body guard, sleeping in a big hole next to them!

The following morning the guide and the other team member arrived early and the group started the climb up Heartbreak Hill, to reach the summit. The team miscalculated their water as the streams were pretty dry and at the second helipad, there was no water as usual. The group climbed for one hour and finally reached the summit at Midday. Kenny and Lennox proudly placed the Tropic flag there. The sun was unbearably hot so after about 20 minutes they started the climb back down, tired and incredibly thirsty. Kenny commented that the guide had extra water but with the heat it felt like they needed a gallon each!

Coming down was easy!! Kenny’s words. They reached camp after a couple of hours and that cold shower in the waterfall felt like the best of their lives.

The following day after a good night’s sleep and lots of story and adventure swapping, they started the trek back to Base Camp. The climbers reached at different times according to their experience and endurance level. But by 3.00 on Sunday evening everyone had arrived safely back at Base Camp. There was another jaguar encounter, this time a baby one, so the climber moved quickly on, fearing that the mother would be close by.

Climb to the Summit 2019, was a massive success despite the intensity of the heat and some of the challenges they had on the way. We would like to congratulate Kenny and Lennox on their incredible feat and wish them every success in their next adventure.

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