Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a French territory, will be getting its first transatlantic service to Paris this summer. Flights operated by ASL Airlines France will operate once a week to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, on behalf of the territory’s “flag carrier”, Air Saint Pierre. Air Saint Pierre only has one ATR 42 in their fleet. Fares for the flight start at €1025.
With a population of only 6,080 (according to the 2011 Census) St. Pierre will be the smallest airport in North America to have transatlantic service. It will also be the first time in history that the island will be linked to the homeland directly by plane. Previously, the island’s residents would have to either fly via Montreal or Halifax in Canada to connect to Europe.
The island is also pushing for an increase in tourism numbers with this new flight. In the past few years, rising unemployment from local industry has resulted in tourism slowly becoming a major part of the economy, in addition to fishing and aquaculture. With limited resources on the island, 70% of supplies are imported from Canada. With this new service, there is much to be seen on the role it will play on the Island and its local economy.