France’s Most Remarkable Little Airline?

Sebastian Schmitz travelled to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a group of islands in Canada’s Gulf of Saint Lawrence, to discover how the small local carrier Air Saint-Pierre has survived for more than half a century.

Few have heard of the overseas collectivity of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a small archipelago probably best known to philatelists, located just 16 miles (25km) off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. It consists of eight islands and just over 6,000 inhabitants and is the only remainder of what used to be a large empire called New France. In the 18th century, France controlled large parts of North America, stretching all the way from Newfoundland to the American Midwest and down to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, Saint- Pierre and Miquelon is the only part of this huge territory still under French administration.

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