TUI plans Lille – Fes this winter; France – Fes had 14 routes last year

TUI Airlines Belgium

TUI Airlines Belgium

TUI Belgium plans its next route between France and Morocco, according to OAG Schedules Analyser, with Lille – Fes set to take off on 10 November.

TUI’s 1,981-kilometre route will be TUI’s fifth to Morocco from the northeast France city.  The others are Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Nador.

Routing Start date Weekly frequency Day and timings Aircraft Competition (WF)
Lille – Fes 10 November 2020 1 Tuesday
1300 – 1555 
1650 – 1950
B737-800W None
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and its website.

France – Fes had 825,000 seats last year…

Pre-coronavirus, France – Fes was a nicely developing market, with a CAGR of 6.5% between 2010 and 2019. It grew much faster than Morocco – France’s 1%, but obviously from vastly different bases.

Last year, Fes had 10% of the total France – Morocco market, nearly double its share over 2010.

France – Fes ended 2019 with 825,000 seats, up 10% YOY, slightly below country-level growth.  This 10% change was primarily from both Ryanair (+25%) and Air Arabia Maroc (+16%).

TUI announces Lille – Fes from November; France – Fes had 825,000 seats last year

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

… across 14 routes

These 825,000 seats involved 14 routes.  

On an airport-pair level, Paris Orly – Fes was by far the largest (17% of total seats), followed by Marseille – Fes (12%), and, interestingly, Montpellier – Fes (10%). 

Paris Orly – Fes operated up to 12-weekly across Royal Air Maroc and Transavia France.

At the other end, Paris Vatry – Fes was the thinnest (1% of seats), followed by Dole – Fes (2%), and Brest – Fes (4%). Paris Chalons-Vatry operated once-weekly on a winter-seasonal basis by Ryanair.

This coming winter, top players so far have 6% fewer weekly frequencies

Last year, Ryanair had 47% of France – Fes seats, followed by Air Arabia Maroc with 35%.

Fast-forwarding to this winter, frequencies are surprisingly just 6% down versus last winter, according to their booking engines. 

Ryanair: Fes to… Winter 2020* Winter 2019* Air Arabia Maroc: Fes to… Winter 2020* Winter 2019
Bordeaux 2 2 Bordeaux 1 2
Dole 1 1 Lyon 2 3
Marseille 4 5 Montpellier 4 5
Nantes 2 2 Toulouse 3 2
Nimes 2 2 Paris CDG 3 2
Paris Beauvais 4 4 Strasbourg 2 2
Paris Vatry 1 1      
Toulouse 3 3      
Total weekly frequencies 19 20   15 16
* Based on the week starting 2 December. Note: Brest was served by Ryanair from January to October last year. It is currently in its booking engine, but is unavailable for booking, even until October, so it has not been included. Source: Ryanair and Air Arabia’s booking engines.

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