The Saudi company, Saudi Airlines, has opened Thursday, the first direct and regular airline Jeddah-Marrakech.
A Boeing (B787-9) Dreamiliner aircraft on board 274 passengers landed Thursday, at the airport Marrakech-Menara announcing the official opening of this line. This new line will serve Marrakesh from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) with three frequencies not week (Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday).
A ceremony was organized on the occasion of this inaugural flight in the presence of the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Rabat, Abdellah Ben Saâd Al Ghariri, and the Director General of the Saudi Arabian Company in Morocco, Mohammed Saâd Al Semrani, and the director general of civil aviation, Zakaria Belghazi, the president of the communal council of Marrakech, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid and operators of tourism.
On this occasion, Mohammed Saâd Al Semrani pointed out that the inauguration of this direct line will expand the network of scheduled flights provided by the Saudi airline to Morocco, noting that this airline will help strengthen air traffic between the two brother countries, just as it will offer an additional choice to Moroccan pilgrims.
On this occasion, he reviewed the achievements of the Saudi company in Morocco during the last two years, including the achievement of a growth in passenger traffic of 19% in relation to 2015 and 2016, indicating that the Number of passengers aboard Saudi Airlines to and from Morocco in 2018 amounts to more than 400,000 passengers.
Mr. Abdellah Ben Saâd Al Ghariri, for his part, stressed that this direct line between Marrakech and Jeddah represents an added value for Morocco, a country considered as a tourist destination par excellence, with a long history and great cultural diversity, adding that the opening of this line will encourage family tourism and will serve as a nucleus to inaugurate other lines to other tourist cities of the Kingdom.
The director of the Marrakech-Menara airport, Naoual Mounir, underlined for his part, that the opening of this direct airline between Jeddah and Marrakech will strengthen the air offer at the level of the flights of the Oumra and the hajj in the region Marrakech-Safi, just as it comes to meet the growing demand on the first destination of the Kingdom.
This line represents a qualitative leap for Marrakech-Menara airport, she added, adding that this line is the third long-haul flight alongside Marrakech-Istanbul and Marrakech-Doha, which strengthens the ambition. to develop more long-haul flights at this airport, which in 2018 welcomed more than 4.3 million passengers, an increase of 21.6%.
The director of air transport in the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, Tarik Talbi, said for his part, that this line is likely to strengthen the passenger mobility capacity including for the completion of the Oumra and the hajj, and contribute to the increase in the number of tourists between the two brother kingdoms.
He further noted that the air traffic between Morocco and Saudi Arabia has evolved palpably as the number of passengers has increased from 310,089 in 2008 to 552,037 in 2018. The same uptrend has been recorded between Morocco and the Gulf States, the number of passengers increased from 615,841 travelers in 2008 to 1.3 travelers in 2018.
Talbi reminded Morocco’s open sky air liberalization policy (Open Sky), which saw an annual increase of 6.5 percent, with passenger numbers rising from 12.8 million in 2008 to more than 22.5 million in 2018.
This policy has also enabled more than 45 international companies to open regular flights to Morocco, including 17 low-cost airlines and the positioning of Mohammed V airport as an international and regional hub linked to nearly 90 international airports and 50 countries from four continents.
Remember that Saudi Airlines serves direct and regular flights to Morocco, 19 flights weekly, in addition to additional flights dedicated to pilgrims.