Air traffic: Passenger traffic in 2017 broke all records in Guadeloupe!

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For the first time in its history, Pôle Caraïbes airport welcomed 2,3 million passengers. The level of passenger traffic is the highest ever handled by the airport, which retains its place as the leading airport for overseas departments and communities.

Statistics from Guadeloupe-Pôle Caraïbes Airport continue their crazy ascent. In 2016, a milestone had already been crossed and the following year, the good momentum in passenger traffic was confirmed. According to the survey carried out by INSEE, in 2017, traffic at Guadeloupe-Pôle Caraïbes airport increased further to the point of being the largest ever produced by the airport.

Guadeloupe-Pôle Caraïbes Airport welcomed 2 passengers in 361 (including transit passengers). A course which allows the airport platform to maintain its position as the leading airport for overseas departments and communities.

2017, a record year for Pôle Caraïbes

In 2017, Pôle Caraïbes welcomed 2 passengers. No other overseas department is currently competing. While waiting for a possible mano-to-mano, its dolphins, the airports of Martinique and Reunion also maintain a good pace. The Aimé Césaire airport in Martinique welcomed 361 passengers in 173. A slightly increasing figure compared to 1 and its passenger traffic equivalent to 852 passengers.

But then, how is passenger traffic in Guadeloupe distributed? Where do visitors come from? According to the data exposed by INSEE, the transatlantic line represents 60% of the traffic. This means that more than half of passenger traffic comes from Europe and more specifically, from mainland France. Just behind, passengers departing from Martinique and Guyana.

The largest increase in traffic is registered among passengers coming from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport with a number that has more than doubled. A boon when you know that the debate relating to the virtual absence of flights from Roissy Charles de Gaulle continues behind the scenes.

North America gives a boost

The arrival of the low-cost long-haul Norwegian which offers flights between Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, Providence and the French West Indies is no stranger to the record set by Pôle Caraïbes airport in 2017.

For INSEE, Norwegian is not the only airline to have contributed to the increase in passenger traffic in Guadeloupe. The opening, last November, of the destination Atlanta by Air France brought its stone to the building.

The share of the North America network in 2017 was 6% of air traffic, the survey said. Caribbean Pole Airport also played a strategic role for a few days following the passage of Hurricane Irma, we can read. Passenger traffic from Guadeloupe to Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy and Paris-Orly "via Pointe-à-Pitre" for the islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy has largely contributed to the increase in the number of passengers in transit (+ 14,4%). In addition, Guadeloupe has certainly benefited from the closure of the Juliana international airport, badly damaged by Hurricane Irma.

As for traffic on the regional network, it remains stable. The number of passengers between Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyana remains roughly the same with a slight increase of a few thousand passengers for each route.

These are all factors that confirm the good health of air traffic in the French Antilles. A good omen a few months before the start of a new tourist season which could thus surf the good trend of 2017.

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