Air France’s first direct flight from Montreal to Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) left Montréal-Trudeau Airport at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 24).
In attendance to mark the occasion were representatives from the Consulate General of France in Montreal, the Guadeloupe Islands tourism board, Atout France and Aéroports de Montréal.
Air France will be operating two weekly flights between Montréal (YUL) and Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP):
- AF625 Montréal to Pointe-à-Pitre departing 1 p.m. and arriving 6:50 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays
- AF624 Pointe-à-Pitre to Montréal departing 3:20 p.m. and arriving 7:50 p.m. Tuesdays
- AF624 Pointe-à-Pitre to Montréal departing 4:20 p.m. arriving 8:50 p.m. Saturdays
The flights will be aboard an Airbus A320, with a seat capacity of up 144, spread over two cabins: Business and Economy.
Meals and beverages – with or without alcohol – are free.
Business class passengers and Flying Blue Elite members will enjoy Pointe-à-Pitre lounge privileges as well as complimentary access to the new Air France Montréal-Trudeau lounge inaugurated in September.
Paid lounge access is available to Economy class passengers, subject to availability.
‘We are pleased to inaugurate this new flight to Pointe-à-Pitre and thus offer our Quebec and Ontario customers a sun destination,’ said Catherine Guillemart-Dias, vice-president and general manager of Air France KLM Canada. ‘What’s more, we are delighted to provide the Guadeloupe community, including many students, with a new travel alternative to Montreal."
The Guadeloupe Islands are a French overseas territory in the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea.
They are known for their beaches, nautical recreational activities such as diving, tropical forest hiking, markets, local cuisine, rum production, and the diversity of the islands that make up the archipelago: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Désirade and Les Saintes.
This new service to Pointe-à-Pitre is in addition to the 3 daily flights from Montreal to Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Air France will be operating until Jan. 9, followed by 2 daily flights January 10 to March 26.
This schedule, which is subject to change, takes into account the health and safety measures currently in effect.
Before travelling, Air France urges its customers to check the entry rules for their destination and the documents required upon arrival. To learn more, go to airfrance.traveldoc.aero.
The current entry rules for Guadeloupe are the same as for France, where Canada is listed as a ‘green’ country. Barring a compelling reason, travellers ages 12 and up entering France, and Guadeloupe, must be fully vaccinated.
Similarly, regardless of the destination’s requirements, all passengers 12 years of age plus 4 months, or older, flying out of Canada must be fully vaccinated.
Among the exceptions, foreign nationals not fully vaccinated who entered Canada prior to October 30 will be able to take a flight until February 28 if they show proof of a PCR test.
Finally, all travellers of more than five years of age have to show a negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight before they can return to Canada.
Reduced quarantining must be respected for unvaccinated children, even if they travelled with vaccinated parents. It is also imperative that travellers download the ArriveCan app so they may submit the mandatory information required by the Canadian authorities.
As part of the Air France Protect Program, all Air France tickets purchased before Feb. 1, 2022 for travel until June 30, 2022 are 100 per cent changeable and refundable.
Regardless of their reason for rescheduling or cancelling their flight, customers may change their booking without charge; obtain a voucher or a refund if they no longer wish to travel.