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Tropic Air is an airline operating scheduled services from Belize. Founded in 1979 by John Greif III with just a single airplane and two employees, Tropic has steadily grown to a fleet of 15 light aircraft. The airline flies to 17 destinations in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. The airline also offers various sightseeing tours.

Tropic Air
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IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsPhilip S. W. Goldson International Airport, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Fleet size15
Company sloganThe Airline of Belize
HeadquartersSan Pedro, Belize
Key peopleJohn Greif III (President), Steven Schulte (CEO), John Greif IV(Executive Vice President)



The Tropic Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2]

Aircraft In service Notes
Cessna 182 2
Cessna 208 Caravan 11 More aircraft on order
Gippsland GA8 Airvan 2

A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter is also leased seasonally.[3]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 4 December 2014: a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan overran the runway upon landing at the Belize City Municipal Airport and came to rest in the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Nobody was hurt.[4]
  • 17 November 2017: a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan on a domestic flight to Punta Gorda Airport in Belize with seven people on board, including the Acting Prime Minister of Belize Patrick Faber and Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse, ditched in the sea just after it lifted off the runway at Placencia Airport, after one of its main landing gear wheels hit a vehicle. Several occupants of the aircraft and a passenger in the vehicle were injured, but there were no fatalities. The runway at Placencia Airport is very close to a road that has boom gates to stop vehicles while aircraft are landing or taking off; one of the gates reportedly failed to deploy.[5]


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  2. ^ "About Tropic Air". Tropic Air. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  3. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 7.
  4. ^ Accident description for Tropic Air 208B Grand Caravan registration V3-HHU at the Aviation Safety Network
  5. ^ "Tropic Air Plane, with Ministers and Others Inside, Sinks after Clipping Vehicle at Airstrip". Great Belize Productions. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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