(V.I. Consortium) ST. CROIX — Hummingbird Air, in a letter addressed to its customers, announced on Tuesday the suspension of all its operations — passenger, SHOPNET and cargo/parcel delivery — effective April 1.

The announcement comes over a year after the company had experienced two crash landings in 2015, the first in Barbuda and the second in St. Lucia — two incidents that damaged the carrier’s reputation among customers.

Hummingbird Air said it was in the process of negotiating with a new management group to takeover the operation. “We recognize that aviation options are limited and had hoped for a seamless management changeover. However, due to a number of factors we have decided to suspend service at the end of this month,” reads the letter, issued March 14.

Indeed, Hummingbird Air, which has routes to and from the territory between Dominican and St. Kitts and Nevis, served as an important carrier to many Virgin Islanders who constantly send items to family members down island. The carrier became even more essential when Liat announced that it would soon suspend flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hummingbird Air said customers of its SHOPNET service — which allows residents of Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis to make online purchases through virtual retailers like Amazon and eBay, and route those purchases through the carrier — should ensure that their final orders are registered no later than March 25 to guarantee delivery.

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