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Hummingbird Air enters VI air travel industry

- USVI air service linking Dominica with VI & USVI
Platinum Port Services' (BVI) Director of Operations, Ms Patricia M. Romney (third from left) and staff welcome owners of Hummingbird Air, Mr Samuel Raphael (shaking Ms Romney's hand) and Mrs Glenda C. Raphael (2nd form Right) on the inaugural flight to the Virgin Islands. The pilot was Mr Jose Coto (top of the stairs). Photo: VINO
British Virgins Islands Airports Authority (BVIAA) giving Hummingbird Air a watery welcome today, June 5, 2015. Photo: VINO
British Virgins Islands Airports Authority (BVIAA) giving Hummingbird Air a watery welcome today, June 5, 2015. Photo: VINO
With the owners Mr Samuel Raphael and Mrs Glenda C. Raphael on board, Hummingbird Air made its inaugural flight into the Virgin Islands today, June 5, 2015 via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Beef Island, thanks to the persistence of Platinum Port Services (BVI). Photo: VINO
With the owners Mr Samuel Raphael and Mrs Glenda C. Raphael on board, Hummingbird Air made its inaugural flight into the Virgin Islands today, June 5, 2015 via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Beef Island, thanks to the persistence of Platinum Port Services (BVI). Photo: VINO
BVIAA Chairman, Mr Denniston Fraser welcomes the Hummingbird Air crew in the presence of Ms Patrica M. Romney. Photo: VINO
BVIAA Chairman, Mr Denniston Fraser welcomes the Hummingbird Air crew in the presence of Ms Patrica M. Romney. Photo: VINO
BEEF ISLAND, VI – With the owners Mr Samuel Raphael and Mrs Glenda C. Raphael on board, Hummingbird Air made its inaugural flight into the Virgin Islands today, June 5, 2015 via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Beef Island, thanks to the persistence of Platinum Port Services (BVI).

This newest boost to the tourism industry of the VI would for the first time in this country’s history see the linking of Canefield, Dominica and Tortola with both commercial and domestic flights which for the initial stages will be every Mondays and Fridays as explained by Director of Operations at Platinum Port Services’ (BVI), Ms Patricia M. Romney.

“There has been a history of traffic between Dominica and Tortola. There is quite a lot of persons from Dominica living in the BVI so it provides an excellent connection for persons who would want to traverse between their homeland or to visit as tourists as well as to take cargo, which is one of the main features of Hummingbird Air.”

Ms Romney said that today’s inaugural flight materialised after some six months of intense negotiation and was very complimentary of Director of the BVI Tourist Board Ms Sharon Flax. “It was actually a mutual friend between ourselves and the owner of the aircraft, he is school friends with the Director of the Tourist Board Ms Sharon Flax so she provided us with some information on the airline for which we were grateful, that’s how we made that connection.”

About Hummingbird Air

Hummingbird Air is a USA registered airline based in St Croix, US Virgin Islands and are currently working with the FAA to get themselves listed as scheduled carriers and once that materializes it is expected that the number of flights would be expanded shortly after.

“But for now its Fridays and Mondays, leaving here around 8:30am and gets you into Canefield (Dominica) within an hour and half, direct flights, non-stop. So that’s a major plus for travellers,” said Ms Romney.

She explained that because it’s a US-based carrier coming from St Croix, St Thomas USVI, then to the VI, it also gives a link for persons who want to traverse between St Croix and Tortola without having to go to St Thomas, USVI to catch a sea plane to go across. “We are finding that there is interest in that market as well.”

Other air services too expensive- Denniston Fraser

On hand to welcome the Pilot, Mr Jose Coto, and Crew was Chairman of the BVI Airports Authority, Mr Denniston Fraser. “Since American Eagle has pulled out we really haven’t had somebody to substantially take forward that lack thereof. Yes Seabourne is here, yes Cape Air is here and we appreciate the service they are doing but we do have an issue where persons have been saying the price is very high and they have been looking for somebody to get the prices down. We welcome your service (Hummingbird Air) and we look forward to one day having you on a scheduled service,” Said Mr Fraser.

In expressing his pleasure in being the first to provide this type of service for the VI and for filling a much needed gap, in addition to scoring in on the tourism drive of the VI, Hummingbird Air’s owner Mr Samuel Raphael complimented Platinum Port Services. “I tell you if they weren’t so involved we wouldn’t have made it this far but they have really gone above and beyond, so we really look forward to a continued relationship with them to really build on this,” he said.

Of the many persons that are likely to cash in on this new service are those who travel the St Croix/St Thomas/Tortola routes for horse races.

10 Responses to “Hummingbird Air enters VI air travel industry”

  • Hmmmmm (05/06/2015, 15:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I most looking foward to st Croix a while now
  • Excellent (05/06/2015, 16:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is good---Hope we can get ST. Kitts and St. Marten added soon
  • voter (05/06/2015, 19:07) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Where are the minister I guess they are busy campaigning or this one is to small for him.
  • PAM (05/06/2015, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I need to get flights to Nevis so that I can go home because I don't like books
  • LAN (05/06/2015, 20:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need flights going to Nevis I don't like boat
  • Faye (05/06/2015, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nevis need to be apart of it
  • Am wondering (06/06/2015, 06:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When will other Caribbean islands be added as part of the destination routes...LIAT IS JUST A TOTAL WASTE...
  • Georgetown (06/06/2015, 07:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply


    tortola / Georgetown?
  • bless (07/06/2015, 11:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The whole Caribbean need help because List is a waste
  • passenger yesterday (10/06/2015, 09:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    was on Liat yesterday. at St Kitts plane developed problems. pilots sent passengers off to test plane. Wise. Plane
    was "perfectly OK" they said later so no overnite on Kitts. During takeoff they aborted. Back to terminal. instead of
    overnite on kitts as before - put all passengeers on other Liat back to Antiqua where we had left earler for Tortola.
    total confusion with all airport and security personell except the gestapo watching us. Antiqua is a very hostile nation.
    Whisked to weird old creepy hotel at about midnight, then picked up at 4 am for 6 am plane to tortola. Details would
    not fit here. Liat and Antiqua should be shut down by international intervention. Dangerous and sick. A passenger


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