Royal Air Maroc has taken off from Manchester to Casablanca – the latest operator to choose Manchester Airport as a base for its Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The Morrocan airline will fly a direct non-stop service from Manchester Airport to Casablanca officially launched with the inaugural flight taking place this week.
The new service was formally launched with an event at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Peter Street. Representatives from the airport and Royal Air Maroc welcomed members of the travel and trade industry to the event, who enjoyed a Moroccan-themed buffet ahead of the flight at 17:00. The service was then officially launched with a traditional cake-cutting.
Passengers travelling on the inaugural flight were handed out free gifts and souvenirs by RAM staff as they boarded the Boeing 737-800 aircraft to celebrate the memorable occasion.
The exciting launch sees Manchester Airport become only the third UK airport to operate flights with Royal Air Maroc, and the first outside of London. The airline is running direct flights to Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport three times a week from Manchester, operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Royal Air Maroc serves over 90 destinations in four continents, bringing Africa closer to the rest of the world.
The airline’s UK & Ireland General Manager, Achraf El Hassani, said:
“Royal Air Maroc is delighted to have launched the only non-stop service from the North of England direct to Casablanca. The demand for these initials flights has been extremely encouraging, and we are thrilled to be providing yet another invaluable link from the UK to Africa.”
Manchester Airport is the UK’s third largest with more than 25.6m annual passengers. It has more than 210 routes served by 70 plus airlines.
Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said:
“We are pleased to see the start of Royal Air Maroc services from Manchester Airport. Being the only airport outside of London served by Royal Air Maroc firmly reinforces our position as the UK’s Global Gateway for the North.
“I am sure the 22m in our catchment area, which spans as far north as Scotland, south to the Midlands, east across Yorkshire and west to Wales and Merseyside, will welcome the route should they wish to access Casablanca for business or leisure. Plus there is the added benefit of new connections from Casablanca across the airline’s extensive network across Africa and beyond.”
Royal Air Maroc is the Moroccan national carrier and the country’s largest airline. It serves over 90 destinations in four continents, bringing Africa closer to the rest of the world.