Norwegian, Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline, Launches Flights from the U.S. to the Guadeloupe Islands

Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY – June 29 June, 2015 – Norwegian Air is to serve the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe with seven, weekly, non-stop flights from East Coast cities New York, Boston and Baltimore/Washington D.C. will start on December 3, 2015. Under the "Open Skies Treaty” between the U.S and the E.U., European airline Norwegian will connect the French Caribbean Guadeloupe Islands to three major East coast gateways. Service will operate as follows: To and from Pointe-A-Pitre (PTP), Guadeloupe. FWI • New York (JFK) – Three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Baltimore/Washington, D.C. (BWI) - Twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays • Boston (BOS) - Twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays

“This additional airlift with Norwegian from New York, Boston and Baltimore / Washington D.C. is historic for our destination. It rewards an efficient global development strategy implemented on the US market, since the opening of our New York Office in November 2012. The continued growth of American visitors to the Guadeloupe Islands is key to the diversification of our visitorship. Accessibility from the East Coast has been a cornerstone of our US strategy since most of our U.S. visitors come from those East Coast gateways. The partnership with Norwegian, the world’s fastest growing airline, is an excellent opportunity for more East Coasters to finally tick the Guadeloupe Islands off their bucket lists,” says Hilaire Brudey, Chairman for the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.

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. With the new service, Norwegian will offer US-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 (PTP).

"Since 2012 U.S arrivals have increased by 29%, building year after year as Americans discover our unspoiled destination. The increasing demand of Americans in experiential travel and Eco Tourism have made the French Archipelago of Guadeloupe a perfect match for educated adventure travelers, sailors and long time Francophiles. The affordable Norwegian airfare will attract younger travelers in search of pristine natural settings and unpretentious atmosphere "says Sandra Venite, USA Regional Manager, Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board.

To celebrate Norwegian’s new routes, the airline has partnered with the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board to launch a sweepstakes 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 one of the islands’ top resorts: La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa, Langley Fort Royal Resort and Auberge de la Vieille Tour Hotel. Click here to enter the contest (open to U.S. residents only).

«Our hotel group is looking forward to welcoming these new American guests in one of our seven properties located throughout the archipelago » says Carole Adam, VP Sales & Marketing Des Hotel et Des Iles Group.

About Guadeloupe Islands

Located between Antigua and Dominica, this stunning French-Archipelago and Premier Island Hopping Destination is comprised of 5 unique islands - Grande Terre, Basse Terre, Marie Galante, Les Saintes and La Desirade – closely strung together by beautiful waters and efficient ferry services, flamboyant preserved nature, exquisite cuisine, a diverse cultural heritage, Art de Vivre, and 250-plus sun-warmed beaches in shades of white, black, gold, ochre and pink.

About Norwegian *Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the world's seventh largest low-cost airline. The company reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year with almost 24 million passengers in 2014. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has over 400 routes to more than 130 destinations and employs approximately 5,500 people. The company has several hundred undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi on short haul, a fleet of around 100 aircraft with an average age of only four years; one of the youngest fleets in the world. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian was also the first airline to be awarded the World's best low-cost long-haul airline in 2015 by SkyTrax. In 2014, Norwegian also won three prizes at the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards for Best Airline in Europe, Best Inflight Connectivity & Communications and Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience for its moving map on the 787 Dreamliners. In addition, Norwegian was awarded Europe's best low-cost airline by for the second year running. *


Sandra Venite
Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board
825 Third Avenue, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10022
United States