PHILIPSBURG–Norwegian Air Shuttle, the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the second largest airline in Scandinavia, is looking into expanding its services to the Caribbean. Norwegian currently provides services via the United States (US) to Guadeloupe and Martinique and is looking into the possibility of servicing St. Maarten from the US.
After conducting a feasibility study the carrier considers the island a viable market and is interested in starting its services for the 2017-2018 winter season. A preparatory meeting was held to further discuss the possibilities and challenges of this new service and to prepare to meet with Norwegian representatives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Present at this meeting were Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Irania Arrindell, senior advisor Christina Labega, Larry Donker and Suzy Kartokromo of Princess Juliana International Airport SXM, Shaka Lake of the Department of Civil Aviation and St. Maarten Tourist Bureau members Augusto Priest, Marla Chemont and Gianira Arrindell.
A St. Maarten delegation comprising Minister Arrindell, Donker and Kartokromo is scheduled to meet with Norwegian Airline representatives this week to further discuss the venture.
Source: Daily Herald
Norwegian shows interest, Minister forging forward