New Ryanair routes to boost Morocco tourism
DUBLIN - Irish no-frills airline Ryanair announced on Wednesday that it will open two new bases in Morocco this year, in Fez and Marrakesh, as part of a new $210-million (158-million-euro) investment.
Ryanair said in a statement that, following the expansion, its Morocco operations would grow to 60 routes and eight airports, delivering up to 2.5 million passengers and supporting 2,500 jobs in the country.
Two new aircraft will be based in Marrakesh and will service 22 routes including seven new destinations: Baden, Bergerac, Cuneo, Dole, Munich, Paris and Tours.
One plane will be based in Fez and will fly to 15 destinations including four new routes to Lille, Nantes, Nimes and Saint Etienne.
The Dublin-based carrier will also start flying from two other airports at Essaouira and Rabat. The new services will begin in April.
"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," added Morocco's tourism minister Lahcen Haddad in the statement.