The Most Interesting Transatlantic Flight Returns In 2022

The Most Interesting Transatlantic Flight Returns In 2022

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While the flight was paused during the start of the pandemic, one of the most interesting transatlantic flights will be returning in 2022. Tickets are on sale, and are even bookable online (unlike in the past).

Air Saint-Pierre’s Paris flights

In the summer of 2018 a fascinating domestic transatlantic route launched — it operated seasonally once weekly. Specifically, ASL Airlines operated a Boeing 737-700 that was marketed by Air Saint-Pierre between Paris (CDG) and Saint Pierre and Miquelon (FSP).

What’s Saint Pierre and Miquelon? It’s a self-governing territory of France, situated in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, near Newfoundland and Labrador. The islands cover an area of about 93 square miles, and have a population of just about 6,000 people.

The territory’s airline, Air Saint-Pierre, only has turboprops, which aren’t capable of operating the route. So the airline leased a Boeing 737 for the once weekly flight.

This was the first time ever that we saw a nonstop link between these territories and mainland France. There were some other things that made this route interesting:

  • The runway in Saint Pierre is only 5,900 feet long, so the plane had to be weight restricted, meaning the flight could only transport at most 100 passengers (that means most passengers get an empty middle seat)
  • I had intended to take this flight in 2018, but was shocked to find out that the flight was sold out on almost every single date that it operated; I wasn’t expecting that, especially given that the route was subsidized

The route ended up returning in 2019, with almost exactly the same schedule, times, and pricing. Now we’ll once again see the flight in 2022.

Paris to Saint Pierre flights return in 2022

The once weekly flight between Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Paris will be returning in 2022, between June 20 and September 6, 2022.

The route will once again be operated by an ASL Airlines France Boeing 737-700, and the flight will be marketed and sold by Air Saint-Pierre. The flight will operate westbound on Mondays and eastbound on Tuesdays, as follows:

Paris to Saint Pierre and Miquelon departing 4:00PM arriving 6:30PM
Saint Pierre and Miquelon to Paris departing 10:30AM arriving 8:05PM

As you can see, the plane sits on the ground in Saint Pierre for quite a while. This is so that the crew can get their rest and operate the flight back the next day, rather than making them stay there for over a week.

I imagine the airline was able to get a decent deal on parking at the airport for 16 hours. 😉 It’s also interesting since this is an eastbound daytime flight, which is fairly rare.

Air Saint-Pierre fares to & from Paris

If you want to book a seat on this flight, here’s the pricing for travel originating in Paris (a one-way ticket costs 581.09 EUR):

Then here’s the pricing from Saint-Pierre (a one-way ticket costs 550 EUR):

The plane is in an all-economy configuration, as there’s no premium cabin.

This flight is even bookable online, which wasn’t the case when the flight first launched (you had to call or email). Availability still seems to be quite good, for those who might be interested in taking this flight.

Of course it’s anyone’s guess how travel restrictions will evolve over the coming months due to coronavirus. Anyone interested in taking this flight will potentially be subjected to the travel restrictions of Canada, France, and even the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

Bottom line

I find this Air Saint-Pierre flight to be absolutely fascinating. It’s so cool when airlines not only try a route like this, but it actually succeeds and returns year after year.

While the link between Paris and this French territory is obvious, it’s still kind of awesome that such a small territory can support a flight like this. But I guess the downside was fairly limited, since the route was subsidized from the beginning.

Personally I find this to be the most intriguing transatlantic route, with Condor’s Frankfurt to Whitehorse flight being a close second (I took this in the summer of 2018).

Anyone else love this Air Saint-Pierre flight as much as I do?

(Featured image courtesy of Anna Zvereva)

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  1. Tony Young Guest

    The Air Saint-Pierre flight to Paris is certainly unique and is mostly sold out already as has been year after year. I am not certain the flight is subsidized by government due to the fact all flights sell out year after year.

  2. Rachel Ehrenberg Guest

    Of course unless one lives on the islands, you have to figure out getting there or off them.

  3. Peter Brown Guest

    If you like people with French attitude you'll love St. Pierre!!!

  4. Brianair Guest

    I’d like to see the gorgeous new Air Saint Pierre livery on a 737, if that’s even possible given the leasing arrangement! Ben, you should try to go on this flight. I’ll be looking forward to your review!

  5. Gordon Greenberg Guest

    So into this. Ces îles ont l'air adorable et un vol de jour vers Paris !

  6. Carles Guillot Guest

    I would love to try this flight, especially from St Pierre since it's a day flight. And with only a 4h time difference with Paris, the departure from St Pierre time doesn't even require getting up at 5am like the flights from JFK to LHR. And it's great excuse to visit these islands for a weekend maybe?

  7. glenn t Diamond

    As soon as I saw Transatlantic/737/Economy my personal interest nosedived, but I am curious about the profile of the typical passenger who would fly this route ( aside from avgeeks here and related blogs!).

    1. Peter Brown Guest

      French people who long for the loss of the French Empire in North America. They retained these 2 islands in the Treaty of Paris 1793 as fishing outposts.

  8. derek Guest

    I caution Lucky to not travel excessively during the pandemic. However, I DEMAND that he get aboard this flight! OMAAT would be great if he does. Traveling on this flight is urgent and essential travel, ha ha!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ derek -- Hah, let me see what I can do...

  9. Eric Guest

    I think this is a typo (2021). Thanks for the great ongoing blogging content and Happy New Year!

    The once weekly flight between Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Paris will be returning in 2022, between June 20 and September 6, 2021.

  10. Aaron Guest

    Wait, what?

    Lucky actually wanting to fly a transatlantic all economy flight?

    Was your blog hacked?

  11. Never In Doubt Guest

    "Anyone interested in taking this flight will potentially be subjected to the travel restrictions of Canada, France, and even the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon."

    Are you assuming that people will begin their travel in Canada?

    Because if you start in Paris, Canada's not involved!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Never In Doubt -- Correct, I'm assuming most avgeeks would either be originating in North America or would only be taking this flight one-way, in which case going via Canada is the only other option.

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Never In Doubt Guest

"Anyone interested in taking this flight will potentially be subjected to the travel restrictions of Canada, France, and even the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon." Are you assuming that people will begin their travel in Canada? Because if you start in Paris, Canada's not involved!

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Tony Young Guest

The Air Saint-Pierre flight to Paris is certainly unique and is mostly sold out already as has been year after year. I am not certain the flight is subsidized by government due to the fact all flights sell out year after year.

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