For the past two years Bostonians have had a tantalizingly inexpensive option to escape to the Caribbean on low-cost carrier Norwegian Air.
That escape from Logan is now a thing of the past.
The airline offered no-frills flights from Logan starting at $79 one way (usually with $129 or higher return fare) to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. As a result, tourism rates on those islands soared about 200 percent. Both of those islands survived Hurricane Irma with miminal-to-no damage.
This year, Bostonians eager to repeat their bargain Caribbean vacation will notice something different. The flights to Martinique and Guadeloupe are no longer leaving out of Logan, they’ve moved to T.F. Green Airport in Providence (technically Warwick). Earlier this week, you could nab a one-way fare out of T.F. Green to Martinique or Guadeloupe for $49, but that number may no longer look as appealing to Bostonians when travel to Rhode Island is factored into the mix.
A spokesman for Norwegian says the move is airplane related: “The main reason is to streamline our Boeing 737 operation. . . . We launched our new Boeing 737 MAX routes from Providence earlier this summer to a number of destinations in Ireland, Scotland, and Norway. So at Logan, we will focus on our 787 Dreamliner operation.”
It’s possible to easily get from Boston to the airport in Providence with a little more time — and money. Long term weekly parking at T.F Green is $75 a week, or $15 a day. There is also a T.F. Green stop on the purple Stoughton line of the MBTA, but the train takes more than an hour and a half and there is no weekend service. There is also a Peter Pan Bus available from Boston to T.F. Green, with an average price of $25 one way.
Those $79 Norwegian tickets are starter fares. You pay extra to choose a seat, check baggage, or eat or drink on the flight. There are still plenty of bargain fares on different airlines departing out of Logan to warmer climes. You just need to sit and search a bit longer.Christopher Muther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.