Royal Air Maroc continues its expansion drive across Europe announcing it will be launching 11 nonstop routes over the coming weeks, concentrating on cities with large Moroccan diaspora communities.
According to the airline, this is in response to high demand for VFR traffic and would support the desire for expatriates to return home during the summer vacation period.
Seven of the new services are from Fes in northern Morocco, connecting the country’s second-largest city with five destinations in France, alongside the capitals of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Beginning July 7, Royal Air Maroc will begin 2X weekly flights to both Amsterdam and Marseille, while flights to Brussels and Montpellier will begin on July 8, operating 2X-weekly and 1X-weekly respectively.
The One World Alliance member will begin 2X-weekly flights to Lyon St-Exupery and Toulouse on July 9, with Bordeaux also receiving two services per week from July 11, with all the seven new routes serviced aboard the Airbus A321 aircraft.
The expansion increases the number of destinations offered by Royal Air Maroc from Fes to nine as the carrier currently serves Casablanca and Paris Only. This also increases the carrier’s number of weekly departure seats from about 1,100 to more than 4,200.
Earlier, Royal Air Maroc on July 6 resumed operations between Casablanca and Naples, Italy that was last served in March 2019. Flights will be twice a week on Tuesdays and Sundays.
The carrier also added a pair of routes to Spain earlier in May opening flights between Nador, a coastal city and provincial capital in the north-eastern Rift region of Morocco, and Barcelona El Prat served twice weekly using the Boeing 737-800.
The second new route launched connects Morocco’s fourth-largest city Marrakech with Barcelona from June 13 served 2X-weekly as well on board the carrier’s 737-800s.
The airline also intends to start 4X weekly service from Oudja to Marseille beginning July 1 using the Embraer 190s and A321s, while a third daily flight to Oryl will be added and service to Belgium doubling to 6X-weekly.
The final two routes being launched this month will connect Tangier with Lyon and Nador with Eindhoven. Both routes will be served twice a week from July 5 and July 8 respectively.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo