ONMT: Ryanair opens 15 new international airlines to Morocco – Media7

Ryanair will open, from this next winter season, 15 new international airline routes to Agadir, Essaouira, Ouarzazate, Rabat and Marrakech, announced the Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT).

“Ryanair will be the main provider of international seats in Morocco during the 2023 winter season,” indicates the ONMT in a press release, specifying that the 15 new routes which will be set up by the company will come from France, Germany, Spain, Poland , United Kingdom and Sweden.

And to add that of the 6 million international seats planned for Morocco for the next winter season, Ryanair will operate a third of them, or 2 million. Which corresponds to growth of 29% compared to the same period of 2022.

“This rise in power of Ryanair in Morocco reinforces the air promotion strategy led by Morocco and supported by the supervisory ministry which aims to increase the number of direct international point-to-point lines. Ryanair is therefore a strategic ally for our sector,” says Adel El Fakir, Director General of ONMT, quoted in the press release.

The increase in capacity concerns all destinations, mainly the Marrakech base which will see the deployment of a 7th aircraft based to strengthen the overall capacity of the destination and serve new routes such as Marrakech-Girona.

“Marrakech will remain the main Moroccan destination in the Ryanair portfolio with 42% of the company’s total capacity and 37% growth (556,000 seats in winter 2022 compared to 761,000 winter 2023),” notes the same source.

The largest increases concern the airports of Ouarzazate (+206%), Essaouira (+76%) followed by Rabat (+40%), Fez and Agadir with 13% each, specifies the Office, stressing that the airports of Marrakech, Fez and Agadir are the hosts of the 12 Ryanair planes based in Morocco.

Ryanair will thus connect Morocco to 12 tourist source markets, the first market being France with 31% of capacity, followed by Spain 24%, Germany 11%, while the greatest progressions are noted from distant markets such as Poland (332%), Germany (+74%) and Ireland (+60%), reports the same source.

The ONMT thus continues its “Light In Action” strategy aimed in particular at increasing partnerships with a view to increasing air frequencies in Morocco and the opening of new point-to-point air lines.

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