Matt Wood, Gatwick Airport’s Head of Airline Relations (centre), welcomed Air Arabia Maroc’s Driss Fehli, captain on the inaugural service; Mostafa Lakhdar, Head of Operations; Hafid Zouggari, Head of Ground Operations; and Amin Alhaimy, COO, with a celebratory cake. The airline entered the UK market with services from both Casablanca and Tangier.
- Air Arabia Maroc, which currently has just over 6% of international market from Morocco according to a recent anna.aero analysis, continues to use to its benefit the ‘open skies’ policy between its home country and the European Union, further expanding its presence in the Old Continent on 28 October. The airline, which is a joint venture between Moroccan investors and Air Arabia of the UAE, added weekly services from Marrakech (RAK) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) in northern Italy, which it also serves from Casablanca. Notably, last week also saw the airline enter the UK market with services to London Gatwick (LGW) from both Casablanca (CMN) and Tangier (TNG). Commenting on the launch of the new routes to Great Britain, which will be offered each with thrice-weekly frequencies, Air Arabia’s Group CEO, Adel Ali, said: “This announcement marks a new milestone for Air Arabia Maroc. Entering the United Kingdom will further strengthen our current flights between Morocco and Europe; and at the same time, offers customers wider choice of affordable air travel between Casablanca, Tangier and London.” The airline’s fleet of A320s will be deployed on all new routes.