Air France Launching New Flights From Atlanta to the French Caribbean

Terre de Haut, Guadeloupe.
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There’s a significant new gateway to the French Caribbean, and it’s from a surprising source.

The busiest airport in the United States, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is getting new nonstop flights to Guadeloupe on Europe’s Air France.

Beginning Nov. 21, the carrier will launch new nonstop flights between Atlanta and Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe.

The flights will depart Pointe a Pitre on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with flights from Atlanta to Guadeloupe on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Martinique

The Cap-Est lagoon resort in Martinique.

Customers can take the Pointe a Pitre flight and continue to Fort de France, Martinique on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Customers flying from Martinique and French Guiana will also be able to fly to Atlanta as a continuation of the Pointe a Pitre service on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The Les Saintes archipelago of Guadeloupe.

The charming Les Saintes archipelago of Guadeloupe.

“This new service is in line with the Group’s offensive strategy,” the company said in a release. “As part of its Trust Together corporate project, the expansion of the fleet combined with a more intensive use of its aircraft makes it possible to offer new routes.”

Depaz distillery in Martinique.

Martinique is perhaps the Caribbean’s greatest destination for rum, thanks to world-class distilleries like Depaz, above.

It’s a strategy similar to that of European low-cost carrier Norwegian, which recently launched an expansion from a number of U.S. airports to both Guadeloupe and Martinique, taking advantage of the fact that it is already cleared to fly between the U.S. and Europe — Martinique and Guadeloupe, as departments of France, are within the European Union.

The latter is what makes islands like Martinique and Guadeloupe so appealing for the discerning traveler, thanks to a fascinating mix of French and Caribbean sensibilities.

Indeed, at the beginning of the year, Caribbean Journal named Martinique the number one destination to visit in the Caribbean.