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Norwegian Air to Launch Martinique Flights From Three Northeast Cities

Airlines & Airports | Brian Major | June 25, 2015

Norwegian Air to Launch Martinique Flights From Three Northeast Cities

Photo: Travelers will enjoy wider access to Martinique in 2015. (Photo by Brian Major).

Travelers to Martinique will enjoy wider access in 2015. European carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch new nonstop flights to Martinique from Baltimore/Washington D.C., Boston and New York in December, the company announced Thursday.

Norwegian Air’s Martinique flights launch on Dec. 3 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. New York flights will depart three times per week, while flights from Boston and Baltimore/Washington will depart twice weekly.

The service marks the first time in more than 20 years Martinique has been directly accessible from the Northeast by air according to Martinique Promotion Bureau (MPB) officials.

“These new flights from Norwegian represent a significant step forward in our overall U.S. development strategy,” said Muriel Wiltord, MPB’s director Americas. The new service “[builds] upon our success in re-establishing nonstop flights from the U.S. via Miami in 2013 and the tremendous growth we’ve seen in the cruise sector since 2010,” she added.

Norwegian Air’s new service comes amidst a recent expansion of airline service to Martinique. American Airlines expanded its nonstop service from Miami to Martinique on June 5, increasing flights from once weekly to four days per week. The service will expand to six weekly flights during July and August and the winter season beginning December 17.

Connecting service to Martinique is also available via San Juan on Seaborne Airlines, which maintains codeshare agreements with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Jet Blue Airways. Martinique’s government has consistently lobbied the airlines in recent years to expand service to the country. “In recent years, we’ve invested steadily in the market, progressively expanding demand for leisure travel to the French West Indies,” said Wiltord.

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