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About Tropic Air
Tropic Air is an airline from Belize which is one of the largest airlines in the country and operates flights within Belize and internationally.
Tropic Air flies to many destinations including Belize City, Corozal, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Belmopoan, Cancun, San Pedro Sula, Roatan, Flores, Merida, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa.
Founded in 1979 by John Greif III with just a single airplane and two employees, Tropic has steadily grown to become the largest and most experienced airline in Belize.
Tropic Air operates many tours including Blue Hole from the Air, Cave Tubing and Airboat, Lamanai Maya River Tour, ATM Maya Underworld, Snorkel Hol Chan, Zipline & Belize Zoo and Black Hole Drop. 
Tropic Air will only fly to Chetumal three times weekly initially with a schedule that will allow for connections to and from Mexico City. Tropic expects that by April the flights will be offered 5 time weekly. 


Tropic Air operates 11 Cessna Grand Caravans – Glass Cockpit, two Gippsland Airvans, and two Cessna Turbo 182’s – Glass Cockpit. These aircraft are configured for three to fourteen passengers. Tropic Air has a fleet replacement and expansion program with more, 208B-Glass Cockpit, Caravans on order.  We now employ over 300 staff and offer over 200 daily scheduled flights.
Tropic Air is the only airline conveniently linking major cities in the Yucatan on a daily basis. In Guatemala Tropic Air fly to Guatemala City, the economic, governmental and cultural capital of Guatemala and the largest city in Central America. Tropic Air also fly to Flores, home to the grand Maya site of Tikal. In Honduras Tropic Air fly to Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands famous for its diving, San Pedro Sula and most recently Tegucigalpa the capital city of Honduras. 

25th June 2018
Copa Airlines and Tropic Air are Now Offering a Joint Service to Panama

Passengers can now travel easier to Latin America through an interline agreement between Tropic Air and Copa Airlines. This agreement allows customers connecting flights on 1 ticket and receive boarding passes for all segments at their first check-in.

The service connects anyone from any of Tropic’s 15 destinations. Tropic Air takes the passenger, from any of these locations, to the Philip Goldson International Airport, where Copa Airlines will pick them up and take them nonstop to any one of Copa’s destinations in 75 cities within the Americas.

Tropic Air's chief executive officer said that the service should to welcome more Latin Americans to Belize, and to provide customers with access to the growing list of destinations across the region.

Tropic Air’s president, John Greif III, says that the partnership will allow Tropic Air to connect its customers to Copa Airline’s extensive network of destinations, offering more options.

Tropic Air has been operating in Belize for almost 40 years. The airline flies over 200 daily scheduled flights with 15 aircraft to 15 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia are both subsidiaries of Copa Holdings, which are Latin American providers of passenger and cargo services to 79 destinations in 32 countries: North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

28th February 2018

Belize Tourism Board raises $59,934 for CTO Relief Fund

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) raised U.S. $59, 934.00 (Bz $119,868.00) as part of the Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund campaign. The fund was created to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which severely devastated many Caribbean countries in September last year.

This morning Ms. Karen Pike, BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, presented the cheque to Mr. Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during a virtual press conference hosted by CTO in Barbados.

In presenting the cheque, Ms. Pike said “when we got the news on the Caribbean Relief Fund Campaign, we embraced it immediately because it was not only the right thing to do, but also because it brought all of us in the Caribbean once again even closer together in a unified effort to assist those in need.” She added: “As part of the Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund Campaign, the BTB reached out to the entire country of Belize through the media, press releases, the BTB’s website and its news distribution network.”

In his response, the Secretary General said, “we thank you Belize on behalf of the entire Caribbean family.” During the press conference, an overview on the state of the tourism industry in the Caribbean was also presented.

As part of its Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund Campaign, each participating tourism stakeholder donated a $1 for every guest; the BTB then contributed by donating $1 for every tourist arrival for the month of October therefore, creating a multiplier effect. The BTB initiative was supported by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), Tropic Air, the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), Tour Operators, water taxis, and hoteliers amongst many others.

During the first week of September, category 5 Hurricane Irma pummeled a number of Caribbean countries in the northern Leeward Islands and the northern Caribbean leaving a long trail of devastation. Many residents of these countries were left homeless, without food, power, water and basic essentials. Two weeks later, Hurricane Maria followed the same path further exacerbating the level of destruction throwing many of these countries in a severe state of despair. The Caribbean depends on tourism as their chief means of survival and the devastation by both hurricanes has stalled the economies of countries affected, which may take several months or perhaps years to recover.

The BTB and the Belize tourism stakeholders are extremely pleased that they were able to make a contribution towards the Caribbean Relief Fund and take this opportunity to offer their heartfelt thanks to all Belizean stakeholders and organizations that donated generously in order to ease the road to recovery for our Caribbean sister countries.

According to the CTO, approximately U.S. $135,000.00 was raised by the Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund Campaign.

November 2017
Tropic Air plane goes down in sea with two government ministers

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who is currently acting Prime Minister, and the Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse are reported to be in safe condition after a Tropic Air plane they were flying crashed into a vehicle at the Placencia municipal airstrip and careened into the Caribbean Sea early this morning.

A release from the government’s press office states that the incident happened around 8:45 a.m., when upon takeoff, the plane’s left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers, sending the aircraft plunging into the sea right off the coast of Placencia.

Other passengers, who included tourists, reportedly escaped unhurt and were assisted out of the submerged remains by emergency management technicians, police and anglers in the area.

The driver of the vehicle was rushed to the nearest health facility for treatment.

The plane which was en route to Punta Gorda town crashed into a vehicle as it was taking off the airstrip and ended up in the sea.

Both ministers were on their way to Punta Gorda town to open feeding programs at various schools in that municipality.

August 2017
Tropic Air prunes international network over new taxes
Tropic Air has announced it is terminating service to 3 regional destinations following the Belize government's decision to hike taxes on foreign nationals in May this year. In a statement, the Belizean carrier said it would end flights to Chetumal and Mérida in Mexico as well as San Pedro Sula in Honduras with effect from September 1 citing depressed demand brought on by higher fares. Tropic Air’s other international destinations - Cancún (Mexico), Roatán (Honduras), and Flores Mundo Maya Int'l (Guatemala) - will continue to see regular service despite this announcement. The carrier currently operates a fleet of sixteen aircraft - eleven Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs, two GippsAero GA8s, two Cessna (single piston) T182Ts, and one Cessna 172S. 

Tropic Air today announced, in a statement by its CEO, Steve Schulte, that it would suspend its flights to Chetumal and Merida in Mexico, as well as to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

There will be no flights to these destinations after September 2.

The statement by Tropic Air indicated that the decision, “comes after an in-depth analysis” of their performance over the last four months.

The statements hinted that there was a decrease in travel to these destinations following the May 1 introduction of the departure tax increase.

Tropic Air thanked its loyal customers for accessing the service which it introduced over 5 years ago and expressed its regret that it is unable to “sustain the growing losses.”

April 2017
Tropic Air maintenance staff completed installation of a 24,000BTU air conditioning system on its final Cessna Caravan
All eleven (11) caravans in the fleet are now fully climate-controlled for passenger comfort. In addition, each new caravan delivered will have this climate-controlled system pre-installed. Founded in 1979, by John Greif III, with just a single airplane and two employees, Tropic has steadily grown to become the largest and most experienced airline in Belize. It now employs over 350 staff, and offers over 200 daily scheduled flights with 16 aircraft to 19 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. In 2016 it carried almost 300,000 passengers and moved over 400,000 pieces of freight system wide. 
January 2017
Tropic Air commenced service to Chetumal, Mexico
Tropic Air inaugurated their non-stop service between Belize City International Airport (BZE) and Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico (CTM). According to a Tropic Air press release, Chetumal becomes Tropic’s third destination in Mexico and its sixth international route overall. Tropic Air inaugurated their non-stop service between Belize City International Airport (BZE) and Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. According to a Tropic Air press release, Chetumal becomes Tropic’s third destination in Mexico and its sixth international route overall. In May 2017, Tropic Air announced the launch of its new mobile iOS app, which is designed to make the customer experience with the popular airline even more reliable, convenient and efficient.According to Tropic, the new app will make things easier “from booking to boarding”. The app is designed to be fast, and intuitive. It will offer key features including: flight booking, exclusive deals, tour and travel information and itinerary management. 
May 2016
Tropic Air announced it had successfully completed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA)
Tropic Air joined IATA’s ISSA Registry in 2015, and was the second airline to be registered. It is also the first airline to complete the renewal assessment, which will now be valid for two years, until 7 May 2018.
November 2016
Tropic Air - offering flights to and from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico from Philip Goldson International Airport 
The flights will depart 3 times a week from the PGIA. Tropic said it is currently awaiting final government approval but it expects the service to commence on January 16, 2017. 



Route Map 


The airline was established in 1979 and last year flew hundreds of thousands of passengers and pounds of cargo throughout Belize and to regional destinations in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.


 tropic air route map


Popular Routes


Belize City  dark grey plane icon  San Ignacio


Dangriga  dark grey plane icon  Belize City


Roatan  dark grey plane icon  Belize City


Belize City  dark grey plane icon  Belmopan


Punta Gorda  dark grey plane icon  Belize City


Belize City  dark grey plane icon  Guatemala City

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The Fleet


10 Cessna Caravans 


1 Twin Otter 







1 Cessna 172

Aircraft 5 






2 Gippsland GA8 Airvans






Philip S.W Goldson International Airport

HUB Airport


Philip Goldson International Airport is the main airport for Belize City and is the hub airport for Tropic Air and Maya Island Air.

Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include American Airlines, Avianca El Salvador, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Tropic Air and United Airlines. 



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