European low-cost carrier Norwegian celebrated its Canadian debut on 29OCT with the departure of its inaugural flight out of Montreal to Guadeloupe. The new non-stop service will be followed by flights to Martinique starting on 1NOV, both operating three times a week until the end of MAR 2019.
Norwegian will also launch a Hamilton to Dublin year-round, daily service on 31MAR, 2019.
“This is an important milestone for Norwegian as we enter one of the world’s most exciting aviation markets, Canada,” said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s founder and CEO. “We believe our low fares matched with our high quality and award-winning service will be very popular among Canadian travellers, as it has been with American travellers for the past five years. We are now the only airline to connect the French Caribbean with both Canada and the United States, as well as French Guiana, which is also launching this week.”
French Guiana will be served from both Guadeloupe and Martinique. Winter seasonal service Martinique to Cayenne will launch on 31OCT and will operate four times per week. Flights from Guadeloupe to Cayenne will launch on 1NOV.
“For Canadians and especially Quebecers, the islands of Guadeloupe represent a paradise destination they would like to visit at least once in their life. We are thrilled about Norwegian’s new route from Montreal to Pointe-à-Pître as they will contribute to realize this dream. We are looking forward to welcoming more Canadians to our archipelago,” said Willy Rosier, general director for the Guadeloupe Islands Tourism Board.
“The Martinique Tourism Authority welcomes the new service by Norwegian between Montréal and Fort-de-France. This service, which also opens an extension to French Guiana, is an exceptional opportunity to develop traffic from Montreal. With a 49% growth already registered for the upcoming season, the Canadian market is more than ever a priority for Martinique,” said Karine Mousseau, commissioner, Martinique Tourism Authority.
The French Caribbean routes are operated by Boeing 737-800s, while the new transatlantic route will be operated by a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX.
Kerry Sharpe Columnist
Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.