Air France adds Atlanta service from the Caribbean


The Air France network in the Caribbean is strong; this new service adds to it.
The Air France network in the Caribbean is strong; this new service adds to it.

When Norwegian launched flights between the US and the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe a couple years ago the industry was somewhat skeptical. In a sign that the market may be slightly stronger than previously believed Air France is joining the party as it adds to its Caribbean portfolio. The French carrier will fly between Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe and Atlanta twice weekly starting in November 2017.

A resort “beach” in Guadeloupe. Not my idea of what a beach should be.

The new service promises onward connections in both directions for travelers. Via Atlanta passengers have more than 60 same-day onward destinations available. Via Point-a-Pitre travelers will see connections to Cayenne, French Guiana or Fort-de-France, Martinique, depending on which day they fly. Northbound travel from the French territories will flow to Atlanta as well.

Flight schedules (in local time):

AF608: leaves Pointe à Pitre at 16:20, arrives in Atlanta at 20:05;

Flights operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

AF609: leaves Atlanta at 10:40; arrives in Pointe à Pitre at 15:50;

Flights operated on Wednesdays.

AF609: leaves Atlanta at 10:15; arrives in Pointe à Pitre at 15:25.

Flights operated on Sundays.

Air France has a long history of operations in the Caribbean with flights connecting its many former colonies together and onward to Miami.

The Air France network in the Caribbean is strong; this new service adds to it.
The Air France network in the Caribbean is strong; this new service adds to that base.

This is an expansion of that service and a boon to the Caribbean travel market in general. With many small islands air travel is a necessity for locals and visitors alike. And the current aviation infrastructure remains relatively underdeveloped. Part of that is lower demand – a 50 seat plane is generally considered too large for most markets within the region – and part is regulatory & tax burdens that limit route viability. In this case a move to further grow a regional hub with strong onward connections should pay off well for Air France.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

11 Comments

    1. I’m not sure about the cabin/flight crews. Ground services will be mostly locals. For most of the destinations they are French citizens as those locations are DOMs. Not Europe but slightly European.

    1. Some of the AF hopper destinations (e.g. Haiti) are former colonies. Others are DOMs. 🙂

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