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Air France: Regional Caribbean Growth

LONDON – On January 20, Air France, the French flag carrier airline, announced that it will expand its Caribbean regional services.

Air France’s Caribbean Expansion…


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As part of its relatively small Caribbean regional network, the carrier will be expanding its services across the region by adding yet another new route, as well as making an adjustment to one of its existing services for passenger ease.

Starting off, the first part of their Caribbean regional expansion that the French carrier will be venturing into is with a brand new route from the stunning city of Cayenne in French Guiana to Belém on the Brazilian northern coast.

The new service between Cayenne and Belém will inaugurate on May 5 and will be operated by the carrier’s Caribbean regional Airbus A320 aircraft on a once-per-week basis.

The entire route itself will begin at Pointe-à-Pitre and then will make a stop at Fort-de-France before continuing onto Cayenne to begin the new service to Belém.

This means that passengers traveling from both Guadeloupe and Martinique can head to Brazil without having to make a connection in between.

  • AF602 departs Cayenne (CAY) at 15.40 pm and arrives in Belém (BEL) at 17.15 pm, operating on Fridays. Both times are local.
  • AF603 departs Belém (BEL) at 09.35 am and arrives back in Cayenne (CAY) at 11.10 am, operating on Saturdays. Both times are local.

Complementing the new Cayenne to Belém route, Air France will be adjusting its operational times on its service between Pointe-à-Pitre and Miami –

  • AF616 departs Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) at 16.30 pm and arrives in Miami (MIA) at 19.55 pm, operating on Thursdays and Saturdays. Both times are local.
  • AF617 departs Miami (MIA) at 09.55 am and arrives back in Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) at 13.10 pm, operating on both Fridays and Sundays. Both times are local.

The changes in the services between Pointe-à-Pitre and Miami will come into effect from March 30, and again, this service will be operated twice per week using their Airbus A320 aircraft.

These new changes will mean that passengers will be able to travel to the Sunshine State of Florida from both Fort-de-France and Cayenne, once again improving options for their customers by avoiding the need to make a connecting flight.

Overall…


Seeing Air France expand its regional Caribbean network adds yet another great choice for its customers to explore other parts of the Caribbean, as well as heading further into Latin America, with the addition of the new Brazilian route.

It also opens the gateway for customers in French Guiana to explore the U.S.’ stunning Sunshine State of Florida, hosting the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville, to name a popular few.

Is more Caribbean expansion for the French carrier on the horizon? In less than a year, Air France has yet again expanded its Caribbean network, as back in October 2022, the carrier began a new route between Pointe-à-Pitre to Montreal in Canada. We covered this piece here.

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