Expanded Airlift Increases Martinique Access for American Travelers
PHOTO: Martinique will see a 193 percent increase in airline capacity beginning in December. (Photo by Brian Major)
These are literally high times for Martinique as the eastern Caribbean island prepares for a 193 percent increase in airline capacity traveling to the country during the peak December-to-March period.
The air seat spike comes courtesy of Norwegian Air, which is now offering nonstop service to Martinique from New York, Boston, and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Also key to the increase is American Airlines, which is expanding its schedule of nonstop flights from Miami to Fort-de-France beginning in December.
Norwegian Air’s service between Martinique and the U.S. will begin Dec. 3. Flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will depart Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, flights from Baltimore-Washington International Airport will depart on Mondays and Fridays, and flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport will depart on Wednesdays and Sundays. All flights will utilize Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring leather seats and offering complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi service.
The flights represent the first time Martinique has been directly accessible from the Northeast in more than 20 years, said Muriel Wiltord, director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau.
“Convenience is the key as our new weekly total of 13 nonstop flights from the U.S. mainland provide American travelers with more options than ever,” she said. “The gateways of America are now open to Martinique like never before.”
American Airlines is also increasing its flight to Martinique from Miami International Airport to six times a week beginning Dec. 17. American Airlines began serving Martinique in 2013 with one weekly nonstop flight from Miami. The new flights will operate every day except Wednesday.
Martinique is also served by Seaborne Airlines, which offers thrice-weekly connecting service via San Juan. The airline also maintains codeshare agreements with American, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways, easing connections.
Air France also operates thrice-weekly flights to Martinique from Miami, with stops in Guadeloupe and Haiti. Connecting service to Martinique through St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Martin is also available aboard Air Caraibes and LIAT.
Several new Martinique hotel properties are opening and others are expanding their accommodations to complement the new airline service. “Our hoteliers and villa operators have responded to the sizable increase in nonstop air service from the U.S. mainland to Martinique this winter by creating exciting new options,” said Wiltord.
The 94-room Le Simon Hotel will open in January is the downtown district of Fort-de-France, Martinique’s historic capital city. Located on the waterfront directly in front of the Pointe Simon Cruise Terminal, the hotel will be within walking distance of the city’s historic attractions, including Fort Saint Louis, La Savane, the Schoelcher Library and the Saint Louis Cathedral, as well as the city’s Spices Market, Martinique’s largest.
Also, the 300-room Karibea Resort Sainte-Luce will re-open Dec. 7 following an extensive renovation. The property now features an infinity-edge pool, 10 new junior suites each accommodating four persons, and a new business center, bar and expanded restaurant.
Other Martinique hotel options include the La Suite Villa, located across the bay from Fort-de-France in the Pointe du Bout section of Trois-Ilets. The upscale boutique property features nine villas and six suites finished in modern style.
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