FLIGHT CANCELLED – WHAT NEXT??
We received a surprise notification from Air France that our flight from Paris to St. Martin has been cancelled. They are offering to refund our money and instead are providing service from Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) in Guadeloupe to Grand-Case Espérance Airport (SFG) which is on the French side of St. Martin. This flight cancellation puts us in a difficult position of finding alternative flights with not much time left.
The devastation on St. Martin was severe (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuMGB774h9w&t=12s ) and the tourism business is slow to rebound. Apparently there was just not enough passenger volume for Air France to continue direct flights to St. Martin from Paris, even though the St. Martin airports are both open for traffic. This is a result of a very limited supply of hotels and pensions in St. Martin following the hurricane, as well as severe damage to the infrastructure of the island, including marinas and yachts which were moored there.
We are currently investigating other options. KLM flies there only several times every 10 days on an irregular schedule, none of which matches our villa rental period and the license period. Flying Delta through Atlanta is not an option as none of the guys from Poland have U.S. visas (required even for transit) and there’s just not enough time to secure the visas at this point. But we are doing our very best to find suitable connections and to purchase new tickets.
Keep your fingers crossed and wish us luck in our efforts. We hope the TO2SP Dxpedition will be on the air shortly!