MIAMI — Norwegian Air has announced today a new seasonal service from Montréal to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in late October; a transatlantic flight from Hamilton International Airport to Dublin, Ireland; and new four-weekly flights from both Guadeloupe and Martinique to Cayenne, in French Guiana.

“This is only our first step into Canada and as the world’s fastest-growing airline, we look forward to expanding our presence here in the next few years,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer.

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Winter seasonal service from Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) will begin on October 29, 2018, and operate three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Meanwhile, flights to Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) from YUL will commence on November 1, 2018, and run thrice-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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The European low-cost airline will launch also the only transatlantic flight to Dublin out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM), which is near Toronto, starting March 31, 2019.

PHOTO: Norwegian Air.

Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer at Norwegian said, “Today marks a milestone in Norwegian’s transatlantic expansion from Ireland as we announce the first ever direct route between Dublin and Hamilton – Toronto, this is also our first ever service between Europe and Canada.”

The service takes off Dublin Airport (DUB) at 2:40 p.m. and lands in YHM at 5:25 p.m. The return flight departs YHM at 7:45 p.m. and arrives in DUB at 7:30 a.m., the following day.

“We are committed to providing Irish passengers with greater choice and lower fares across our network as we continue to invest in the Irish market. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board our new service to Canada from March 2019,” said Kjos.

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Additionally, Norwegian is set to offer a new four-weekly service from both Guadeloupe and Martinique to Cayenne.

Winter seasonal flight from Martinique’s FDF to Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport (CAY) will start on October 31, 2018, to run four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

And services from Guadaloupe’s PTP to CAY will launch on November 1, 2018, and operate four times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The French Caribbean routes are currently operated by the carrier’s Boeing 737-800s, though the new transatlantic service will be deployed by a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX, which Norwegian was the first airline to operate to/from North America last summer.

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Norwegian Resuming Existing U.S. Winter Seasonal Routes

  • The Fort Lauderdale to Guadeloupe service will resume on October 28, 2018, with three flights per week.
  • The Fort Lauderdale to Martinique service will resume on October 31, 2018, with four flights per week. An increase from three flights per week during winter 2017/18.
  • The New York-JFK to Guadeloupe service will resume on October 28, 2018, with six flights per week.
  • The New York-JFK to Martinique service will resume on October 28, 2018, with six flights per week. An increase from four flights per week during winter 2017/18.

Ramdahl added later that “Norwegian was the first airline in more than 20 years to link both French Caribbean islands to New York City and in these three years, we have seen our operation continue to grow and expand. We will now be the only airline to connect the French Caribbean with both Canada and the United States, as well as French Guiana,” he said.