Ryanair Cuts Flights to Morocco
7/3/2012 7:15 PM
Ryanair Cuts its Services to Morocco
Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra low cost airline announced the cancellation of 34 weekly flights (250,000 annual passengers) to/from Morocco because ONDA, The Moroccan government owned airoports authority, has changed its agreement with the airline by imposing a new monopoly handling company on Ryanair which would have resulted in a massive increase in charges for the airline. ONDA has refused to guarantee Ryanair the continuation of the cost levels of its original agreement.
A cancellation and reduction would affect the following cities Nador, Fez, Marrakesh, Tangier and Oujda Airport.
Ryanair’s Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Cawley said;
Ryanair entered into long term agreements with the Moroccan Tourism Authority and ONDA, as part of the Moroccan Govt’s 5 year plan to grow tourism. Ryanair has spectacularly over-delivered on all its undertakings under these agreements, becoming Morocco’s second largest airline and ensuring the Moroccan Govt achieved its 5 year targets within an earlier timescale. It is regrettable that ONDA has now lost sight of the key to the success of our partnership, offering low fares based on low costs. Ryanair cannot accept cost increases as it seeks to deliver more growth to Morocco. It is completely unacceptable for ONDA to increase the cost of Ryanair’s operation in Morocco and unrealistic for them to expect us to continue to grow our business in that context.
Consequently I regret to announce that we are making these substantial reductions which will result in up to 100,000 less tourists annually and an annual loss in tourism expenditure and job losses for the Moroccan economy of €50m. Ryanair will now allocate this capacity elsewhere to the many markets earnestly seeking Ryanair’s growth and that are offering long term, sustainable cost bases to underpin Ryanair’s guaranteed low fares.
Cancelled routes are effective Oct, 01st, 2012
- Nador - Girona
- Nador - Madrid
- Oujda - Marseille
- Oujda - Brussels Charleroi
- Fez - London Stansted
- Marrakesh - Valencia
Route Reductions are
- Tangier - Madrid