Tuesday, November 09, 2010
British Airways returns to Marrakech
British Airways is to again start flights between Gatwick and Marrakech in direct competition with budget airlines, it has been announced. BA will begin thrice-weekly services from March 27, 2011, with one-way fares starting from £79.70 including all taxes.
"BA offers a real alternative to discerning travellers to Morocco," said BA UK and Ireland sales and marketing head Richard Tams. "The benefits you get on BA at no extra charge include a generous baggage allowance, drinks and snacks and much more.”
BA last flew the route via franchise partner GB Airways in 2008. This announcement of new flights puts British Airways in direct competition with easyJet, but also Ryanair which flies from London Luton.
The new service is actually a return to Marrakech by BA, which last flew there as GB Airways in 2008. The franchise was then takeover by Easyjet, and the route was closed.
The British flag carrier will also go up against Morocco’s national airline, Air Maroc, which flies to Marrakech from both Heathrow and Gatwick.
The new service will operate three times per week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. One-way fares start from £80 without taxes and are on sale via BA's website now (www.ba.com).