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Norwegian Air Is Ending All Caribbean Service

Norwegian Air Is Ending All Caribbean Service

If you snagged an ultra-cheap flight to Guadeloupe or Martinique in Norwegian‘s December sale—which saw fares to the French Caribbean islands drop to $59 one-way—you’re in luck. Not only will you get to see some of the world’s coolest islands, but you’ll be one of the very last travelers to take the budget carrier’s flights to the Caribbean.

The airline announced Tuesday that it will end all service to the two islands and French Guiana on March 31, when its seasonal winter service ends, reports USA Today.

The reason? Costs, according to Norwegian‘s director of communications Anders Lindström.

“While our routes to Guadeloupe and Martinique have performed fairly well, with cost-cutting measures as a priority and aircraft utilization in focus, it is not financially sustainable as a European airline to each winter season move operations—aircraft, pilots, and cabin crew—from Europe to these islands,” Lindström told USA Today. The Caribbean isn’t the only area to get the chop: the airline has been cutting U.

S. routes to Scotland and Ireland in September, ending Newark-to-Paris flights in January, and closing several crew bases in the Northeast, Traveler’s Barbara Peterson reports.

Launched in 2015, the Caribbean routes from Fort Lauderdale, New York, and Montreal brought Guadeloupe and Martinique to the attention of American tourists, in part thanks to insanely low fares in annual sales. The sales, which touted $160 round-trip, non-stop flights, severely undercut the fares that other airlines offered for flights with as many as three stops.

Come April, when Norwegian‘s service is over, you’ll have to fork over at least $650 round-trip for 18 hours of travel from New York to Guadeloupe on a mix of Delta, Air France, and JetBlue flights, according to Google Flights. But, those airlines, including Air Canada and LIAT, a Caribbean intra-island airline, offer year-round service at a steep price.

If you already booked a Norwegian flight for this winter to explore Guadeloupe‘s jungles and Martinique’s white sand beaches, never fear. Your flights will continue as usual through March 31, when the route was already scheduled to end for the season.

If you’re hoping to visit and not pay hundr of dollars for three layovers, Norwegian still has non-stop flights available for as low as $278 round-trip from New York and $238 from Fort Lauderdale available for travel in March. So grab your euros, start back up on your French Duolingo lessons, and sneak in one last cheap trip to the French Caribbean.

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