NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Norwegian, deemed the world’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and also Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the past three consecutive years by SkyTrax, has announced it will launch flights from Boston, Baltimore/Washington, D.C. and New York City to two beautiful and unspoiled Caribbean destinations: the Guadeloupe Islands and Martinique.
Only two years after launching service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Norwegian will be the largest foreign airline at JFK in terms of number of routes. Norwegian will offer a total of seven nonstop routes to Bergen, Copenhagen, Guadeloupe, London, Martinique, Oslo and Stockholm. Overall, Norwegian will operate 31 routes from 10 U.S. airports.
With the new service, Norwegian will offer U.S.-based customers some of the lowest fares to the Caribbean, with an introductory fare starting at $79 one way, valid from all three U.S. airports and starting at $99 one way from Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, also known as the French West Indies.
Norwegian’s new seasonal service to the French West Indies will launch on December 3, 2015, with three flights per week from JFK to the Guadeloupe Islands’ Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from JFK to Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
From Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Norwegian will operate twice weekly service to both Guadeloupe and Martinique. Flights between Baltimore-Washington and Guadeloupe will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Martinique on Mondays and Fridays. From Boston flights to Guadeloupe will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, and to Martinique on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Norwegian operates one of the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleets. On the U.S.-Caribbean routes, the airline 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.
The airline currently offers 25 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, providing more European routes than any other European airline. Service from Las Vegas will commence on October 31, 2015; service from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will commence on November 1, 2015; and service from St. Croix, U.S. V.I., will commence on November 5, 2015.
“With these new and exciting routes, Norwegian will offer customers in the Northeast nonstop flights to two of the most idyllic islands in the Caribbean,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos. “Norwegian is fully committed to the U.S. market and we will continue to expand by offering more great nonstop destinations to American travelers and growing our U.S. crew bases,” said Kjos.
To celebrate Norwegian’s new routes, the airline has partnered with the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board to launch a sweepstakes (b) for one lucky person in Boston, Baltimore/ Washington D.C. and New York City metro areas to win a trip for two to the archipelago, including flights on Norwegian and six nights at some of the islands’ top resorts: La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa, Langley Fort Royal Resort and Auberge de la Vieille Tour Hotel. For terms and to enter, please click here.
“These new flights with Norwegian are historic for our destination. It rewards our efficient global development strategy implemented in the US market. As our number one in-bound area in American arrivals, accessibility from the East Coast has been a cornerstone of our US strategy. Therefore, this partnership with a high-quality airline such as Norwegian, is an excellent opportunity for more East Coasters to finally tick the Guadeloupe Islands off their bucket list,” said Hilaire Brudey, Chairman for the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.
"For travelers based in key markets across the Northeast, the charms of Martinique are now closer than ever," said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas of the Martinique Promotion Bureau. "On behalf of the entire tourism community in Martinique, I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to Norwegian. We look forward to sharing our corner of the French Caribbean and grow the number of passengers in New York, New England, and the Washington, D.C. area."
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 25 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 close to 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 424 routes to 130 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the US work for Norwegian.
(a) Fare includes government taxes/fees for flights from New York City, NY (JFK), Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) and Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) on announced days. Fare is subject to limited availability; may not be available on all days or all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and is one-way, nonstop, nonrefundable and nontransferable. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees, including cancellation/changing fees click here. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.
(b) NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Sweepstakes starts on or about 9:00 AM ET on Thursday, 6/25/15 and ends on or about 11:59:59 PM ET on Saturday 7/25/15. Open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old at time of entry. Winners must be able to travel from, and are responsible for travel to, either New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Boston’s Logan International Airport or Baltimore-Washington International Airport. One (1) Grand Prize valued at $1,725 will be awarded. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules here for complete details and entry instructions.