ONMT inaugurates its 4th Moroccan base in Tangier with Ryanair

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Ryanair, the low-cost airline, officially opened its new base in Tangier on Tuesday, in partnership with the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT).

This event was celebrated during a ceremony, chaired by the Minister of Tourism, Crafts and Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatim-Zahra Ammor, in the presence of representatives of regional and local authorities and tourism professionals.

This is Ryanair’s fourth base in Morocco, with two based aircraft and 25 routes, including 13 new ones connecting Tangier to 8 new European cities and 5 new Moroccan destinations for summer 2024.

Beyond improving connectivity, this major investment of $200 million will have a significant impact on local employment, with the creation of 600 jobs, including 60 highly skilled jobs, such as pilots and cabin crew.

Speaking on this occasion, the Minister stressed that this new Ryanair base in Tangier, the fourth after Fez, Marrakech and Agadir, perfectly illustrates the exceptional dynamics that the tourism sector is experiencing in Morocco, under the enlightened leadership of King Mohammed VI, and this in particular within the framework of the deployment of the tourism roadmap, which gives priority to air travel, adding: “thanks to this enhanced connectivity, Tangier is ideally positioned to become a leading tourist destination.”

Ms. Ammor affirmed that “this significant investment by Ryanair demonstrates not only the growing attractiveness of Morocco, but also the confidence that our partners place in our country”, noting that “this type of solid partnerships pave the way for the achievement of our ambition: to make Morocco one of the greatest tourist destinations”.

“We are delighted to officially launch our new base in Tangier, which represents an investment of $200 million and our fourth Moroccan base,” said Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson, adding: “This base is part of our record S24 (April to September) schedule, which will see Ryanair operate more than 170 routes across the Kingdom, boosting tourism and connectivity.”

It is worth noting that Ryanair is planning a record schedule this summer 2024, across 12 Moroccan airports, carrying more than 5 million passengers (+31% growth) to, from and now within the Kingdom.

Ryanair’s investment in Morocco in aircraft exceeds US$1.4 billion, supporting more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributing to the economic growth of 12 cities, including Rabat, Marrakech, Fez, Agadir, Tetouan, Essaouira, and Nador.

Tangier Airport is linked to 37 international destinations, serving the airport via 187 weekly frequencies, of which 20 destinations are served by the Ryanair company, via 70 frequencies. It is also connected to 8 domestic destinations via 24 weekly frequencies, of which 5 destinations are served by Ryanair via 12 weekly frequencies.

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