Building on the success of its winter seasonal service between the US and the French Caribbean, Norwegian Airlines announced today that it will expand the service for the 2016-2017 season with Fort Lauderdale seeing twice weekly service to Pointe-à-Pître, Guadeloupe. The new service launches on 17 December 2016 and will be accompanied by a fourth weekly flight between New York’s JFK airport and Guadeloupe commencing the same day. Flights from Boston, New York and Baltimore to Guadeloupe and Martinique will also return for the winter season, launching earlier in the year this time around. The carrier is set to resume its French Caribbean operations from the US on 10 November 2016.
For the new Fort Lauderdale route Norwegian faces competition from another European airline. Air France operates it’s “milk run” service through the Caribbean starting in Miami and heading south. New competition in that market should be good news for passengers, with more flights and lower fares coming. As was the case with the launch of service in December 2015, the intro fares for Norwegian’s flights are low, though beware fees for food, bags, seats, etc. Fares start at $79 (return flights a bit higher), making for a cheap way to get to the Caribbean, assuming you have the schedule flexibility to deal with less-than-daily service.
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I like seeing this innovation and would love to see others try it too. Air France, why not give it a whirl?!?
Air France already has flights from Guadeloupe (PTP) to Miami. Apparently you skipped the second paragraph in the story. :p
Seth Miller I know they do, I forgot to include “expand” in my post. Smartass. ?
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