Easyjet puts the turbo on Tangier. The British low-cost airline has announced several new lines connecting France to Morocco including six lines for Tangier Ibn Batouta airport.
The new connections will be provided from Nice airports with 2 weekly frequencies (Wednesday and Sunday), Nantes-Atlantique with two departures (Wednesday and Saturday) and finally Lyon with two flights per week (Monday and Friday). The commercial exploitation of these flights will start this autumn with the commissioning of the Airbus A 320 that the company operates.
These flights sign the strong return of the orange logo carrier on the capital of the strait after being one of the forerunners of low cost flights. Indeed, it was Easyjet that opened the ball in 2008 by launching a Tangier-Madrid with attractive rates bringing the destination of its main market at the time, Spain. But in 2014, with an economic environment increasingly tense, the company had finally released Tangier.
In the meantime, the Tangiers hub has gained in importance and Easyjet will have to compete with big names such as Air Arabia and Ryanair, who are constantly increasing connections to Europe from Tangiers. Tangier thus consolidates its position as the country’s 5th airport platform with 5% of traffic. In 2018, it managed to attract a number of flights, one of the most anticipated being the one that connected Tangier to Valencia from last October.
It was launched by Ryanair, a low cost airline that also operates routes to France, Spain, Belgium, Holland and Germany from Ibn Batouta airport. It has helped boost the air route with two weekly frequencies with a market with high potential that is that of the autonomous region of Valencia. With the parallel launch of new domestic routes serving Marrakech, Agadir, Nador and Fez following inter-regional cooperation agreements.
Not far from there, the Saniat Rmel airport of Tetouan continues its tumble. In 2018, the second largest air platform in the region lost 2,700 passengers, a decrease of 11%. In December, the airport platform posted a decline of 31% compared to 2017.
The airport, because of the narrowness of its runway, does not accommodate large aircraft and remains an alternative for charter companies that use it in summer with the Moroccans living abroad. A glimmer of hope opened up to him with the launch, in recent weeks, of a connection with Malaga operated by Ryanair.
It targets the large volume of Spanish tourists wanting to go to the North and who would be tempted to go through Tetouan, but also the Moroccans living abroad settled in the south of Spain and who could return to Morocco without having to go by sea and cross the strait of Gibraltar.