Air France: Regional Caribbean Growth

LONDON – On January 20, French-flagged airline Air France announced that it would 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 expand its services across the region by adding a new route and making an adjustment to one of its existing services for passenger convenience.

The first step in the French airline’s regional expansion in the Caribbean will be a brand new route from the stunning city of Cayenne in French Guiana to Belém on the north coast of Brazil.

The new service between Cayenne and Belém will begin on May 5 and will be operated once a week by the airline’s Caribbean regional Airbus A320 aircraft.

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The entire route will start at Pointe-à-Pitre and then stop at Fort-de-France and then continue to Cayenne to begin the new service to Belém.

This means that passengers traveling from both Guadeloupe and Martinique can travel to Brazil without having to make an occasional connection.

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

Completing the new Cayenne-Belém route, Air France will adjust operating times on its service between Pointe-à-Pitre and Miami –

  • Operating Thursday and Saturday, AF616 departs Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) at 16.30 and arrives in Miami (MIA) at 19.55. Both times are local.
  • AF617 leaves Miami (MIA) at 09:55 AM and arrives at Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) at 1:10 PM and operates both Friday and Sunday. Both times are local.
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The change in flights between Pointe-à-Pitre and Miami will come into effect from March 30, again this time using Airbus A320 aircraft twice a week.

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


Seeing Air France expand its regional Caribbean network offers another great option for customers to explore other parts of the Caribbean and head towards Latin America with the addition of the new Brazil route.

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It also opens a door for customers in French Guiana to explore the US’s stunning Sunshine State of Florida, home to the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.

More Caribbean expansion for the French airline on the horizon? In less than a year, Air France has once again expanded its Caribbean network, as Air France launched a new route between Pointe-à-Pitre and Montreal in Canada in October 2022. We covered this piece here.


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