Published On: Mon, Oct 8th, 2012

Saint Lucia to benefit from increased airlift from French market

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia - Caribbean News Now reports that Saint Lucia should see an increase in passenger arrivals from mainland France and other nearby European destinations via a code share agreement between Air France and Air Antilles. The move will result in increased airlift capacity for the island from Europe.

From October 28, Air France will commence flying passengers to Saint Lucia via direct connections from Air Antilles in Fort de France, Martinique, to George F.L. Charles airport in Castries.

Air France is the national flag carrier and the airline of choice for all French speaking markets in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The new arrangements allow consumers flying Air France to register their luggage from any French or European City straight to Castries.

In welcoming the news on the new code share agreement, Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus said, “Not only will Saint Lucia benefit from increased passenger traffic from a source market that we have been working hard to develop, but both Saint Lucia and France will get a chance to again strengthen longstanding historical ties that exist between our peoples.”

The flight, which originates from Paris Orly International in France, will be three times weekly: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, and will connect with Air Antilles Express flights from Martinique, which arrive at G.L.F. Charles airport at approximately 6pm.

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