Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Belgians Are Coming !

The tech team at The View from Fez report that we have had a big increase in the number of people from Belgium visiting our pages. We were at a loss to explain this until we discovered (courtesy of Quid in Fès) that Jetairfly, a Belgian airline which is a subsidiary of the largest Belgian tourism group, TUI Belgium, has taken over Jet4You.

The Moroccan low-cost airline Jet4you, was started in 2005,  but "since its inception, the Moroccan airline ran at an annual loss," says Hans Vanhaelemeesch, a spokesman for Jetairfly. Due to its small size Jet4you was hit hard by the economic crisis. This strategic merger will involve staff, flights, and planes as well as costing 39 Moroccan jobs with another 259 at risk. Jetairfly carried 2.2 million travellers in 2011. In 2012, its fleet will comprise 20 aircraft, mostly new generation Boeing 737s. The close collaboration between the two companies will enhance their position as well as create an opportunity to strive for further growth.

The airline also flies between Fez and Charleroi for (at times) as low as 29 Euro, between Liege and Tetouan from 39 Euro

Jet4You management confirms that flights to Morocco are assured at three airports: Marrakech, Casablanca and soon, Agadir. The name Jet4You will also be retained for the moment. In addition,  Jetairfly has already proposed flights to Nador, Oujda, Tangier and Tetouan.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The big question now is: When will a major airline company take over RAM?
With its current incompetent president: Driss Benhima, dropped at the head of such strategic national company, no wonder it's going to fire 20% of its staff and sell about 10 Airbus airplanes.
These royal nominations have to stop, or else other strategic companies will face the same problems the RAM is facing now.