Ryanair strengthens its presence in Morocco

The Director General of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), Adel El Fakir, has announced the signing of a “historic” agreement with the leading European airline Ryanair which will double the number of seats offered on the Agadir destination. compared to 2019. The agreement was signed between the CEO of ONMT and the CEO of Ryanair during an event organized in Taghazout to which were invited the authorities and operators of tourism in the city, officials of the Confederation national tourism and the press. Very optimistic for the future, with the recovery of his industry, Eddie Wilson said Ryanair’s goal is to continue to expand in Morocco until it reaches 10 million passengers from 2026, up from 6 million before the crisis After the reopening of the borders, the explosive growth of international air traffic to Morocco has undoubtedly prompted the president of Ryanair to go personally to the capital of the tourist area of ​​Souss, and announced Thursday, July 1, 2021, the creation of a third air base at Agadir airport. This new base will be added to the bases of Fez and Marrakech. It will have two planes permanently and will create 60 direct jobs. The investment announced will be $ 200 million. This new international hub will strengthen Agadir’s expansion to seven European countries (Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland) via 16 new lines plus the nine to Belgium, Great Britain and Austria, i.e. 10 markets for 25 routes and 25 flights per week. The CEO (Chief Executive Officer) said he was very proud that the region is a premier destination and added that Ryanair will provide 229,000 seats at an attractive price. A capacity which will represent more than double that of winter 2019, ie 108,000 seats before the start of the pandemic, and which should continue to grow to reach 570,000 seats by 2024. Ryanair will also use its new air base at Agadir to facilitate access to other winter destinations such as Ténerife, Malaga, Alicante and the city breaks in Rome, Dublin, Paris, Porto, Barcelona. Obviously delighted with this “historic” partnership which will make it possible to relaunch from November the arrivals of foreign tourists, Adel El Fakir, CEO of ONMT, for his part, declared that the confidence of the CEO of the 1st private airline of ‘Europe is making a strong comeback for Agadir among the world’s most popular winter destinations, while supporting the effective opening of the Taghazout resort. Knowing that Europeans have remained locked up in their country for too long and that the level of vaccination is progressing well in Morocco’s main source markets, international tourism should restart next September and continue to grow a lot in the years to come. “With the health crisis drawing to a close and a growing clientele eager to travel to a destination like Morocco, there is no reason why Ryanair should not continue to grow until it reaches 10 million passengers in 2026” , Wilson concludes very optimistic about the current air recovery.