- Service from Boston, Baltimore/Washington D.C. and New York City to Guadeloupe and Martinique launches today-
- NYC schedule extended one month due to high demand –
- Norwegian now offers more routes from BOS and JFK than any other international airline -
NEW YORK (DECEMBER 3, 2015) – Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline, today launched its first flights from the United States to Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean.
Flights departed almost simultaneously today from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to The Guadeloupe Islands’ Pointe-à-Pitre InternationalAirport(PTP) and from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF). The service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) will commence December 4. As of today, Norwegian will offer three flights per week from JFK to Guadeloupe and Martinique, and twice weekly service to both islands from Baltimore/Washington DC and Boston.
Due to high demand on the New York routes, Norwegian extended its season service through the end of April. Flights are now available for purchase on Norwegian.com/us, with fares starting as low as $79 one-way, including taxes
“We are excited to launch our first short-haul flights out of the U.S. today, and once again connect these hidden jewels of the Caribbean to the Northeast U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years. Not only does Norwegian now offer Americans the lowest fares to both the Caribbean and Europe, but we are also the first airline to offer free Wi-Fi and live TV all the way to the Caribbean,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
The new French Caribbean routes will be a winter season operation 2015/16 due to lack of aircraft availability summer 2016. Next winter, with an even larger fleet available, Norwegian aims to return with more aircraft and more frequencies. In addition, new routes and destinations are being assessed.
"We are thrilled to welcome our first Norwegian flights this week, and this extension is wonderful news since April matches the low-season hotel rates, making the Guadeloupe Islands an even more affordable destination in the Caribbean for American travelers. Our five islands offer a truly unique Caribbean experience with some of the best beaches in the region combined with French culture, food and heritage, but without the jetlag,” said Sandra Venite, USA Director for the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.
“To the growing number of global travelers who have come to know her, Martinique is a uniquely authentic and unspoiled corner of the French West Indies where natural wonders, creole culture and the Caribbean’s finest cuisine and rums combine with all the comfort of modern day Europe. Now, with the advent of Norwegian’s non-stop service from the Northeast to Martinique this winter until late April, Martinique is at the fingertips of our U.S. visitors. Christmas is coming early and bountiful for Martinique this year. C'est Magnifique!” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas, Martinique Promotion Bureau.
Norwegian currently offers 34 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Scandinavia and the Caribbean, providing more European routes than any other European airline. Norwegian has added 10 new routes from the U.S. this year alone, including from Las Vegas and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Europe. In May 2016, the airline will add flights from Boston to Copenhagen, London and Oslo.
Norwegian operates one of the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleets. Last month, 69700 named Norwegian the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes in its study. Earlier this week it was also named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline by AirlineRatings.com for the second year in a row. On the U.S.-Caribbean routes, Norwegian will fly its new Boeing 737-800s with 186 comfortable, leather seats and it will be the first airline to offer free Wi-Fi on flights to the Caribbean. Norwegian will also offer customers the option to rent movies and TV shows on their personal devices.
Guadeloupe and Martinique are both overseas departments of France to which the United States-European Union-Iceland-Norway Air Transport Agreement applies. The agreement authorizes unlimited frequencies between any point or points in the EU and any point or points in U.S. territory for any and all U.S., EU, Icelandic, and Norwegian airlines.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 34 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 24 million passengers last year on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of 439 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.