Ryanair today announced its opening its first two non-EU bases in Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) Morocco in April 2013 with a total of 3 Boeing 737-800s as the carrier invests $210 million in Morocco  In addition it will add two new airports in Morocco to the route network at Essaouira and Rabat as it grows its operations in Morocco in 2013 to 60 routes and 8 airports, which will deliver up to 2.5 million passengers per annum.

The 56th Base in Fez will have a single Boeing 737-800 operating a total of 15 routes with four new routes to Lille, Nantes, Nimes & St Etienne delivering 600,000 passengers per annum.

The 57th Base in Marrakech will have two Boeing 737-800s operating a total of 22 routes with seven new routes to Baden, Bergerac, Cuneo (Italy), Dole (France), Munich, Paris (Vatry) & Tours.

The carrier will launch two new routes from Essaouira to Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Marseilles and from Rabat to Brussels South Charleroi Airport, Paris Beauvais and Marseilles.

Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco Dr. Lahcen Haddad 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.”

Ryanair’s Spokesman Stephen McNamara said “Ryanair is delighted to announce our first 2 bases in Morocco at Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) and to launch 2 new Morocco airports at Essaouira and Rabat, with flights starting in April”.


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