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Norwegian enters Canada-to-Caribbean market


Norwegian Air, best-known for its cheap trans-Atlantic flights, has another arrow in its quiver: It's coming to Canada this fall, but won't be flying to Europe until next March.

At least, technically that's so. The airline's planned flights from Montreal to the Caribbean islands of Guadaloupe and Martinique, popular with vacationers, count as flights to Europe, since they are officially part of France. As a European airline, Norwegian is flee to fly to any European destination.

Starting in late October, the seasonal service will include three round trips a week to Guadaloupe and two to Martinique, using a 737-800. The schedule will continue until the end of March. It already operates similar services from New York and Fort Lauderdale.

Norwegian's eye on Canada also has longer-range plans. Starting in March when more of its extended range 737 Max jets are available, the airline will begin flying a Dublin-to-sort-of-Toronto service, using the airport at Hamilton, Ontario, about 50 miles from downtown Toronto.

Beyond that, Norwegian said in a statement, “This is only our first step into Canada and as the world’s fastest-growing airline, we look forward to expanding our presence here in the next few years.” 

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