Martinique Reopens Its Sky To Air Canada

Montreal – Air Canada is coming back to Martinique starting October 30th, following several months of interruption of service due to the pandemic.

A direct weekly flight from Montreal (YUL) will be operated to resume service to Martinique with a two-class B737 aircraft of 169 seats, all equipped with individual touch-sensitive screens that grant access to a full entertainment system, including movies, documentaries, music, and games.

« We are delighted to come back to Martinique” stated Alexandre LEFEVRE, Air Canada’s Senior Director network planification.

“This proves how much Martinique and the whole French West Indies are important for us at Air Canada, as we have established strong relationships in the region for over 45 years now. As much as Martinique is a popular sun destination for Quebecers, Quebec is an appealing destination for Martinicans looking for leisure, high education, and business opportunities. This strategic route will be operated up to five times a week on a new generation Boeing-737 aircraft. We are looking forward to welcoming you on board.”

Air service to Fort-de-France will be provided in strict accordance with sanitary measures, to ensure the safest stay in the Isle of Flowers.

A sanitary protocol applied with care

Visitors must expect obligations depending on their vaccinal status and provenance. People with a complete vaccinal scheme must apply for a French vaccinal passport (https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers) and and will not be subject to any travel restrictions while arriving to Martinique.

Non-vaccinated people or with an uncomplete vaccinal scheme must comply with the following obligations:

  • Negative PCR test (72 hours or less) or negative antigen test (48 hours or less) prior boarding
  • Compelling reason (personal, professional, family, sanitary and/or urgent matter)
  • 7-days of self isolation when arriving and mandatory COVID test after

On the other hand, Air Canada implemented its CleanCare+ program in May 2020 that settled new biosecurity rules to allow passengers and crew to travel in a safe environment:

  • Customer face-coverings and employee Personal Protective Equipment now mandatory
  • Personal care kits containing disinfectant and safety items
  • Electrostatic cabin spraying to reinforce aircraft grooming protocols
  • Revised food product minimizing crew and passenger contact

These protocols will ensure the safe transportation of our travellers from Canada and allow the next intensification of airline service to Martinique this winter.

A gradual and necessary recovery

Named top emerging destination in the world by TripAdvisor in 2021 and recognized twice by UNESCO, Martinique is on top of Canadians’ travel wish list. Air Canada supports the growing appeal of the Isle of Flowers by increasing gradually its rotations to Martinique: starting in December, Canada’s biggest airline carrier will implement up to five non-stop flights per week from Montreal to Fort-de-France.

This latter news was warmly welcomed by Bénédicte di GERONIMO, Martinique Tourism Commissioner: “Our team worked hard to develop creative ways to convey the charms, qualities and authenticity of our island. Thanks to the work of the Martinique Tourism Authority alongside Air Canada, Canada has become the 2nd main market for Martinique. We are delighted to welcome back Air Canada to Martinique’s sky!

The island will hope from this resumption of service with Air Canada the recovery of its three weekly direct flights all year long from Montreal to Martinique.

Martinique is also looking forward to recovering its three flights per week, all year long from Montreal. Frantz Thodiard, CEO of the Aimé Cesaire’s Martinique International Airport stated: “The resumption of air service between Montreal and Fort-de-France reboots the historic link with Canada, a destination highly appreciated by Martinicans for its multiples offers and opportunities. Air Canada’s investment sustains the confidence inspired by Martinique as a destination”.

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