Tropic Ocean Airways Announce Inaugural Flight between Fort Lauderdale and St Petersburg, Florida

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St Petersburg’s first scheduled winged aircraft flight to be recreated.

Tropic Ocean Airways Inaugural Flight St. Petersburg, Florida

Tropic Ocean Airways Inaugural Flight St. Petersburg, Florida

We will be recreating a very important piece of St. Petersburg’s history from 1914 when Mayor Abram C Phiel was the world’s first airline passenger.

Tropic Ocean Airways, a Florida-based airline, is pleased to announce its inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale to St. Petersburg, Florida, which will take place on 1 February 2016. Guests on Tropic Oceans Airways’ newest scheduled service will include travel writers and local concierge. The aircraft will be welcomed at St. Petersburg airport at 11:18 a.m. by a ceremonial water cannon salute from the St. Petersburg Fire Department. Guests will then take part in afternoon activities in St Petersburg, including a visit to the Dali Museum and a tour with on-property historian of The Vinoy Rennaissance Resort and Golf Club.

Later in the day, Tropic Ocean Airways’ first flight departing out of St. Petersburg to Fort Lauderdale will welcome on board the Mayor of St Petersburg and the President of The Chamber of Commerce as its first passengers. This flight will be particularly poignant to the city as St. Petersburg was the location of the world's first scheduled winged airline service in 1914. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Airline’s first flight took off on New Year’s Day, 1914, with the then Mayor of St. Petersburg also welcomed as the first passenger.

Upon arrival at Tropic Ocean Airways’ home base in Sheltair Fort Lauderdale, the Mayor of St. Petersburg and the President of The Chamber of Commerce will be given a guided tour of the Tropic facility, followed by a luxury seaplane tour of Fort Lauderdale and Miami before landing for lunch.

Tropic Ocean Airways’ founder Rob Ceravolo commented, “I am very excited to welcome this new service and I believe it will be a nostalgic day for the people of St. Petersburg. We will be recreating a very important piece of St. Petersburg’s history from 1914 when Mayor Abram C Phiel was the world’s first airline passenger.”

The new scheduled service between Fort Lauderdale and St Petersburg will be operated by Tropic Ocean Airways’ new Wheeled Cessna Caravan Ex aircraft, with executive style seating for up to 9 guests. The twice weekly service will operate on Mondays and Fridays with two flights per day.

Monday & Friday Scheduled Service

Depart FLL 06:30 – Arrive SPG 07:48
Depart SPG 08:24 – Arrive FLL 09:42
Depart FLL 16:00 – Arrive SPG 17:18
Depart SPG 17:54 – Arrive FLL 19:12

For further information on scheduled flights to Downtown St. Petersburg or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.flytropic.com

About Tropic Ocean Airways:

Founded in 2009 by Navy Topgun graduate, Rob Ceravolo, the FAA certified Tropic Ocean Airways provides scheduled flights between South Florida and The Bahamas as well as seasonally between New York City and the Hamptons. Additional services offered include private charter flights, cargo and freight services and direct to yacht provisioning services. The fleet of amphibious and wheeled aircraft are handled by highly experienced military aviators and seaplane instructors.

Contact:

For Travel Related Inquiries please contact our reservations specialists Email: reservations(at)flytropic.com Phone: 1-800-767-0897

For Media Related Inquiries please contact Marketing/Public Relations Email: media(at)flytropic.com Phone: 1-800-767-0897 Ext120

Website: flytropic.com

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