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Hummingbird Air Flying From St. Croix Again After Six Month Layoff

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FREDERIKSTED — St. Croix-based Hummingbird Air has wings again.

The small commuter airline based at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport was forced to suspend flights in November following a string of incidents involving its fleet of Beech C-99s.

Hummingbird Air president Samuel Raphael says that his airline will be flying from St. Croix to Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica and from St. Croix to Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts.

Additional round-trip destinations are expected to be announced later this summer, Raphael added.

Hummingbird Air said it has made changes to management and operations to improve efficiency and that its pilots have undergone retraining since it shut down voluntarily last year.

Hummingbird Air crash landed in St. Lucia on November 8, 2015. One of its planes crashed landed at Barbuda Codrington Airport on August 17, 2015.

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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