I was trying to find articles on Bastille Day that did not involve tanks, Brigitte Macron’s dress, the “Green Goblin,” or France’s military engagement. In a rather escapist mode, here is news on JetBlue’s special rates to the French Caribbean and new flights to Guadeloupe. The article also mentions the beautiful islands of Marie Galante, Les Saintes, and La Désirade. Yahoo reports:
Flights Between New York-JFK and the French Caribbean Archipelago Will Take Off February 1, 2020
In Celebration of Bastille Day – July 14 – JetBlue is Offering an Intro Fare of Just $147 One Way from the U.S. to Guadeloupe
JetBlue (JBLU) today announced the airline is celebrating Bastille Day with seats now on sale to Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. JetBlue will expand the airline’s leadership position in the Caribbean and Latin America with new service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) (a). Roundtrip flights will operate three times per week on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays starting February 1, 2020.
To celebrate JetBlue’s new service and in honor of Bastille Day, France’s National Day – marked each year on July 14 to commemorate a key milestone in the French Revolution in 1789 – JetBlue is offering an introductory fare of $147 one-way (b).
“A long-time favorite getaway spot for French and other Western Europeans travelers, we can’t wait to introduce our JetBlue customers to this unique corner of the Caribbean,” said Andrea Lusso, director route planning, JetBlue. “And as the only airline to serve Guadeloupe from the northeastern United States, JetBlue adds yet another, unique destination to our growing route map.”
Seen from above, the two main islands of Guadeloupe form the shape of butterfly wings. On the west side, Basse-Terre is set on a volcano range, topped by La Soufrière at the heart of dense tropical forests. The rainforest-covered mountain range form part of a national park, which includes many hiking trails. To the east, just across the narrow la Rivière Salée, Grande-Terre is set on a vast limestone plateau bordered by perfect beaches, turquoise lagoons which share the coastline with amazing surfing spots and unforgettable landscapes. The smaller, but equally beautiful islands of Marie Galante, Les Saintes and La Désirade are just a short ferry ride from the main islands.
Culturally, the Guadeloupe Islands are bound together by a rich ethnic diversity that characterizes their folklore, language, music and beliefs. A land of many influences — African, European, Indian, American and the Far East — the Guadeloupe archipelago has a multi-faceted identity where Indian rites, African memory and the rule of the 17th century colonists are part of everyday life.
“JetBlue’s new air service to Guadeloupe was highly anticipated by New Yorkers and Guadeloupeans,” said Ary Chalus, President of the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board. “We will be celebrating the new route in New York with brand ambassador Willy Monfret and JetBlue during Pinknic – the annual rosé Pinknic and music festival July 19-20 – and again when the winter inaugural flight takes off during the heat of our legendary three-month Carnival season.”
To continue the celebration beyond Bastille Day, Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board will celebrate the new JetBlue route at New York’s two-day Pinknic event with a special pop-up event and prize tent. Pinknic features delightful wines complemented with delicious food prepared by local chefs, as well as entertainment from world-renowned bands and DJs.
Schedule between New York (JFK) and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP)
On Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays Beginning February 1, 2020