Air Arabia Maroc launches with six destinations from Casablanca starting with Stansted

London/Stansted and Marseilles are Air Arabia Maroc’s first destinations
London Stansted and Marseille are Air Arabia Maroc’s first destinations from Casablanca. A closer look at the airline’s proposed two aircraft rotation plan reveals another five routes could potentially be served with between three and four weekly flights if aircraft utilisation was maximised.

Air Arabia Maroc, the new low-cost airline run by Sharjah-based Air Arabia, began flights this week from its Casablanca base in Morocco to London Stansted and Marseille. Two A320s have been allocated to the operation. Six routes will be served within two weeks of starting.

Destination Start date WF Competition
(weekly frequency in July 2009)
London Stansted 6 May 08 4 None
Marseille 8 May 08 4 Jet4you (5), Royal Air Maroc (13)
Brussels Charleroi 10 May 08 4 Jet4you (6), Jetairfly (3)
Milan Bergamo 12 May 09 3 MyAir.com (2)
Lyon 14 May 09 3 easyJet (4), jet4you (5), Royal Air Maroc (10)
Paris CDG 16 May 09 7 Air France (28), easyJet (7), Royal Air Maroc (14)
Source: Air Arabia Maroc and OAG Max for w/c 6 July 2009
WF: Weekly frequency

Apart from on the launch route to London Stansted (which departs Casablanca at 02:15 in the morning) the airline will face direct competition on all other routes from a total of six different airlines including easyJet, Jet4you and MyAir.com. The only scheduled airline operating between Casablanca and London this summer is Royal Air Maroc which serves London Heathrow daily.

Karim Ghellab, Morrocan minister of transport, HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia, Mohamed Hassan Bensalah, chairman of Air Arabia Maroc, and Adel Ali, managing director, Air Arabia Maroc.
The official Casablanca launch: (central group) Karim Ghellab, Morrocan minister of transport, HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia, Mohamed Hassan Bensalah, chairman of Air Arabia Maroc, and Adel Ali, managing director, Air Arabia Maroc.

The airline has chosen to serve one of the main Paris airports (CDG) rather than Beauvais, but serves secondary airports in Brussels, London and Milan.

More routes to be announced soon?

A closer look at the airline’s proposed aircraft rotation plan reveals that there appears to be some unallocated aircraft time on ‘Aircraft 2′ for either a very early morning or late evening flight. Another five routes could potentially be served with between three and four weekly flights if aircraft utilisation were to be maximised fully across both aircraft.

Aircraft 1
Days 1357
Aircraft 1
Days 246
Aircraft 2
Days 1357
Aircraft 2
Days 246
02:15 – 09:50 STN
11:00 – 18:25 CRL
19:20 – 01:15 MRS
.
09:10 – 16:20 BGY
17:35 – 00:05 LYS
.
10:55 – 17:40 CDG
.
.
10:55 – 17:40 CDG
.
Source: Derived from airline timetable

Last year traffic at Casablanca airport increased by 6% to 6.21 million passengers leaving it unchallenged as Morocco’s busiest airport with twice as many passengers as Marrakech in second place.

For more on Morocco’s airports see this week’s trendwatch.


Comments

  1. Its an ambitious goal invading Europe out of Casablanca by facing some strong and established competitors. The challenge is there and Air Arabia so far is on a route of success.
    But the ruling game may be different in some parts of Europe’s LCC Theatre than experienced so far – so Air Arabia Maroc has soon to adopt some new tactics how LCC´s play the ground in Europe!

  2. Petter Fure says:

    Andreas;

    There should be a significant market consisting of the large Moroccan foreign workers that lives in Europe-they will now have another airline that can put pressure on prices.

    It should also be noted that the large muslim population in certain european countries would look to muslim countries for their shorter and longer holidays.

  3. Shakeel says:

    All very well, these routes already flights. The problem area is the reasonably priced tickets to Tangier.

  4. Arthur Dent says:

    Sure enough, Air Arabia Maroc has recently added Barcelona, Tangier and Istanbul SAW to its Casablanca based network.

  5. michael says:

    this airline will suceed if the fundamental option is correct ,that the price ,can it compete with the no frills maybe but only if the price is same or under the compatition, if not will go down like a lead balloon.

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