Tropic Ocean Airways

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Tropic Ocean Airways
Tropic Ocean Airways Logo.png
Founded2009 (2009)
Commenced operations2009 (2009)
Focus citiesMiami Seaplane Base
Fleet size11
Destinations3 + charter
HeadquartersFort Lauderdale, Florida

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


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[edit]

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

Northeastern US[edit]

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

Essential Air Service bid[edit]

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.[3]

The Show Low EAS contract was awarded to Boutique Air for an annual subsidy of USD $1,243,255.[4]


Current scheduled service[edit]

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


Current charter service regions[edit]

Abandoned scheduled service[edit]

Departure airport Arrival airports
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport Marsh Harbour Airport, Treasure Cay Airport, Peter O. Knight Airport, Key West International Airport, Nassau International Airport, Hope Town, Lakeland Linder International Airport, Florida Keys Marathon Airport
Miami Seaplane Base Great Harbour Cay Airport
Nassau International Airport Kamalame Cay



As of January 2016, Tropic Ocean Airways operates the following aircraft. However, they advertise a fleet of 13.[8]

Type Fleet Passengers
Cessna 206 Amphibian 1 5
Cessna Caravan EX Wheeled 2 9
Cessna Caravan EX Amphibian 6 9

Accident history[edit]

On July 1, 2018, a Cessna 185 operated by Tropic Ocean Airways crashed on landing at the Miami Seaplane Base. The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft and sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was submerged and removed from service. [9]


  1. ^ "Tropic Ocean Air seeks scheduled pax ops". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  2. ^ "Tropic Ocean Airways To Announce New York Seaplane Service at New York Travel Show". PRWeb. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  3. ^ "Florida's Tropic Ocean Airways eyes EAS market opportunities".
  4. ^ "Boutique Air secures EAS contracts for Carlsbad NM, Show Low AZ".
  5. ^ "Boutique Air secures EAS contracts for Carlsbad NM, Show Low AZ".
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  7. ^ "Tropic Ocean Air seeks scheduled pax ops".
  8. ^ "Our Fleet | Tropic Ocean Airways". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  9. ^ "Tropic Ocean Airways Cessna 185 N14ED Accident Summary".