Tropic Ocean Airways

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Tropic Ocean Airways
Tropic Ocean Airways Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
TIFTOWagner
Founded2009 (2009)
Commenced operations2011 (2011)
Operating bases
Fleet size14
Destinations3 + charter
Headquarters Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Website flytropic.com

Tropic Ocean Airways is a seaplane charter and scheduled service airline based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. [1] Tropic operates several Cessna airframes on floats.

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Services

Tropic Ocean Airways operates scheduled and charter seaplane services throughout the Bahamas, and sometimes Florida. Tropic also operates provisioning services to vessels at sea. During the summer season, Tropic operates scheduled services for Blade and charter services out of New York Skyports Inc. Seaplane Base.

Bahamas and Florida

Tropic Ocean Airways flies several scheduled and charter services year round, out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Miami Seaplane Base. Scheduled flights are to the Bahamas as Florida scheduled flights were short lived. Tropic also offers seaplane charter flights, and vessel provisioning services for ships at sea.

Northeastern US

During the summer season, Tropic Ocean Airways operates Cessna Seaplanes from New York Seaplane Base to several charter destinations in the region. [2]

Puerto Rico

On October 4th, 2019 Tropic Ocean Airways announced that they would be opening a base in Puerto Rico [3] and now has one plane and a two-pilot crew stationed in San Juan; it plans to bring as many as six planes on the Caribbean island by 2020. The new flights will include private charters, scheduled flights, “dock to yacht” and cargo services. Charter flights will include destinations like the BVI, Necker Island, Antigua, St Maarten, St Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, the company said. Flights will depart both from the Jet Aviation fixed-base operator at Luis Munoz Marin airport, along with the Bahia Urbana dock in Old San Juan. [4]

Essential Air Service bid

On December 19th, 2017 Tropic Ocean Airways unsuccessfully attempted to bid into the US government's Essential Air Services (EAS) programme following the submission of a proposal to serve the Arizona town of Show Low.

In their proposal, Tropic Ocean put forward two options. The first entails 18 weekly return flights between Show Low and Phoenix Sky Harbor for an annual subsidy of USD $1,429,050, while the second entails a total of 24 weekly return flights from Show Low to Phoenix Sky Harbor (12x weekly), six flights to Tucson Int'l, and six to Albuquerque. The annual subsidy requested here is USD $1,963,750. [5]

The Show Low EAS contract was awarded to Boutique Air for an annual subsidy of USD $1,243,255. [6]

Destinations

Current scheduled service

Departure airportArrival airports
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport Andros Town International Airport, Great Harbour Cay Airport, South Bimini Airport
Miami Seaplane Base North Bimini Airport

[7] [8]

Current charter service regions

Fleet

As of September 2021, Tropic Ocean Airways operates the following aircraft. [9]

TypeFleetPassengers
Cessna 206 Amphibian 15
Cessna Grand Caravan Wheeled 19
Cessna Caravan EX Wheeled 19
Cessna Grand Caravan Amphibian 19
Cessna Caravan EX Amphibian 109

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References

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  2. "Tropic Ocean Airways To Announce New York Seaplane Service at New York Travel Show". PRWeb. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  3. "Tropic Ocean Airways stations jet in Puerto Rico with aim to expand new hub soon".
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  7. "Boutique Air secures EAS contracts for Carlsbad NM, Show Low AZ".
  8. "Charter Flights | Scheduled Flights | Tropic Ocean Airways". flytropic.com. Archived from the original on 2019-07-06.
  9. "Our Fleet | Tropic Ocean Airways". flytropic.com. Retrieved 2019-09-11.