Ryanair announced it would open two new bases in Morocco in 2013, at Fez and Marrakech with a total of three based-aircraft, as Ryanair invests over $210 million in Morocco.
Ryanair also announced that it will operate flights to two new Moroccan destinations, Essaouira and Rabat, as it grows its operations in Morocco in 2013 to 60 routes and eight airports, which will deliver an estimate of up to 2.5m passenger per year.
– Fez: one based aircraft and new routes to Lille, Nantes, Nimes and St. Etienne.
– Marrakech: two based aircraft and new routes to Baden, Gergerac, Cuneo, Dole, Munich, Vatry and Tours.
– Essaouira: two new routes, to Brussels Charleroi and Marseille.
– Rabat: three new routes, to Brussels Charleroi, Paris and Marseille
Ryanair’s new Moroccan routes will begin in April. Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “Ryanair is delighted to announce our first two bases in Morocco at Fez and Marrakech and to launch two new Morocco airports at Essaouira and Rabat, with flights starting in April. To celebrate our new Moroccan bases and airports, we are launching a 100,000 seat sale with fares starting from €15 for travel across Europe in February and March”. Dr. Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco said: “The Moroccan tourism sector is very proud of the confidence Ryanair is showing in the capacity of the Moroccan destination to grow and develop to become a leading market in the Mediterranean region. This long-term commitment, as shown in the implementation of two bases in Fez and Marrakesh, and the opening of two new destinations (Essaouira and Rabat), is the first stage of a comprehensive strategy aiming, for Ryanair, to build a profitable business based on the huge growth potential of Moroccan tourism, as planned within the framework of Vision 2020. The Moroccan Ministry of tourism is convinced that an efficient growth strategy can only succeed if it takes into consideration the emergence of new tourism products, the need for an adequate air service as well as for an efficient marketing activity. Through MNTO, we will strengthen our marketing efforts in the main source markets at which Ryanair will increase its air services to Morocco.”