easyJet is making history with the launch of its new service between London Gatwick and Marrakech, as it is the first airline to fly to Morocco under the European Union’s open skies agreement. From just £30.99 one way (£60.98 return including taxes) travellers can now to explore the vibrant ancient walled city of Marrakech or use the route as a gateway to explore the captivating and colourful country of Morocco - once the centre of a great empire, and experience its unique and magical culture.
The EU is Morocco’s biggest trading partner, so the route is also expected to help further develop business links between North Africa and the UK.
The EU began talks with Morocco in December 2005 about a new aviation agreement and the open skies pact was initiated. The EU open skies agreement is a principle which allows any EU registered airline to fly to any airport, as often as it wishes, for any price between those countries within the air services agreement. This liberalisation of the skies is part of the Moroccan Government’s plans to increase tourist numbers to 10 million by 2010. easyJet expects to carry around 90,000 passengers on the route within the first 12 months.
David Osborne, UK Country Manager for easyJet said:
“Today is an exciting day for easyJet, as the first airline to operate to Morocco under the new open skies agreement, we continue to seize opportunities and lead the industry - both geographically and technically. Marrakech is a fantastic destination and we anticipate it becoming the hottest city break destination - all year round, for 2006 / 2007.”