TUI UK adds Moroccan destination for Summer 2020 from Newcastle Airport

The UK-based holiday company, TUI UK, has recently announced Agadir, Morocco as a new destination for summer 2020 from Newcastle Airport.

The first TUI flight from Newcastle to Agadir will depart on May 7, 2020 and operate once a week on Thursdays. With the new service, TUI now offers flights to 25 destinations for summer 2020 from Newcastle Airport.

Agadir boasts nine kilometres of golden sandy beaches and clear waters. TUI’s holiday offer includes a range of hotels such as the 4T+ RIU Palace Tikida Beach – an adults-only Platinum hotel located on Agadir’s sandy beach. The hotel is set to rebrand as the TUI Sensimar Tikida Beach later this year, ahead of the new flight route from Newcastle next summer.

Available to book through First Choice, the 4Sun RIU Tikida Dunas hotel is suited for families, offering activities for children with its four to 17-years old kids’ clubs.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘We are really pleased to be adding Agadir to the summer 2020 programme from Newcastle Airport. We are always looking to add routes to the programme that we know our customers will enjoy and we’re delighted to be providing holidaymakers with even more choice and the opportunity to experience our wide range of hotel concepts and great destinations from their local airport.’

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘I extremely pleased that TUI have continued their investment in the region by adding this brand new route for Summer 2020.

‘Morocco offers an exciting new destination option for our passengers and I’m sure that the wide choice of resorts, fantastic weather and Blue Flag beaches will be a real hit with the North East travelling public.’

Summer 2020 holidays are now on sale at Newcastle Airport. TUI offers seven-night holidays to Agadir staying at the 4T+ TUI Sensimar Tikida Beach on an all-inclusive basis from £732 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Newcastle airport on May 7, 2020 and transfers.

TUI and First Choice will also several free kids’ places across their holidays and deposits will be £50pp for short and mid haul, and £125pp for long haul.

TUI UK announces winter 2019 programme from Birmingham Airport

TUI UK, one of the UK’s leading holiday makers, has announced its winter 2019 programme at Birmingham Airport, with new weekly routes to Agadir, Morocco and Marsa Alam, Egypt and additional flights to Hurghada, Egypt.

The winter 2019 season will offer an increased capacity of nearly 21,000 additional seats at Birmingham airport. Customers will also have the option of 10 and 11 night holidays to Orlando Sanford from April. There will also be an additional day added to the flight programme for flights from Birmingham airport to Hurghada in Egypt.

TUI UK’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Adding more choice and flexibility for demonstrates our commitment to Birmingham airport and the local area, as we continue to focus on expanding access to our amazing range of holidays through an extended flying programming concentrated on the core destinations that we know our customers want to visit.’

Birmingham Airport’s Acting Aviation Director, Tom Screen, added: ‘We are pleased TUI has announced that it will be introducing a direct route to the Moroccan city of Agadir this winter. We have seen the popularity of Agadir growing during the colder months as it’s a destination which enjoys warm climates all year round so for TUI to serve this demand from Birmingham is fantastic. What’s more, TUI will also be offering ten and eleven-night holidays from Birmingham Airport to Orlando Sanford Airport Florida, as well as additional flights to Hurghada departing on Tuesdays. We look forward to continuing to work with TUI on popular destinations like these in the future.’

For the first time ever, TUI will also be selling summer 2020 holidays from early November – the earliest the tour operator has sold a summer programme. For summer 2020, Birmingham airport will see the launch of additional long haul flights to Sanford Florida, offering customers the choice of two flights per week and 10/11 night holiday durations.

TUI customers will be offered several free kids places and offers on all TUI favourite hotel concepts including Family Life, Sensatori, Splashworld, Holiday Village and Suneo Club, the airport said.

British Airways to launch new service to Morocco from Heathrow

British Airways is planning to launch a new direct service to Marrakech from Heathrow in autumn.

The airline has said that it will be adding a new four-per-week service from Terminal 5 to the Moroccan holiday destination starting October 28, 2018. During the winter season customers will be able to fly direct to Marrakech from British Airways’ London-hub, with services taking off on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The return fares start from £132 in Euro Traveller and £332 in Club Europe, and customers may choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment. They can choose from a range of savings by destination and cabin while still collecting Avios and Tier Points on their bookings, the airline said.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘Marrakech adds another exciting destination to our leisure network at Heathrow and is a fantastic starting point to explore Morocco; from trekking in the Atlas Mountains to discovering the amazing deserts and beaches and soaking up the atmosphere of the many medinas. Marrakech is one of the key tourism destinations in north Africa, so we’re excited to serve it from two of our London airports.’

The airline already flies to Marrakech from Gatwick, operating eight times a week with different flight times.

British Airways is also increasing the number of flights that it operates to other city break destinations from Heathrow this winter, with more flights to Prague, increased from 27 to 34 per week; Budapest, increased from 20 to 23 per week and Barcelona increased from 46 to 53 per week, as well as increasing the frequency to winter sun destinations such as Gibraltar from 9 to 13 per week; Larnaca from seven to 10 per week and Malaga from four to six per week.

The airline has also added Nashville to its long-haul network from Heathrow and a connection onward to the South African city of Durban with the introduction of a direct service from Terminal 5, starting October 29.

British Airways launches new route from Heathrow to Marrakech

British Airways has announced the launch a new direct service to Marrakech from Heathrow for winter.

The airline said that it will be adding a new four-per-week service from Terminal 5 to the Moroccan holiday hotspot from October 28, 2018. During the winter season, holidaymakers will be able to fly direct from British Airways’ London-hub to Marrakech for a break, with services taking off on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The airline already flies from Gatwick to Marrakech eight times a week with a choice of different flight times. The return fares start from £132 in Euro Traveller and £332 in Club Europe, and customers can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios part payment.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘Marrakech adds another exciting destination to our leisure network at Heathrow and is a fantastic starting point to explore Morocco; from trekking in the Atlas Mountains to discovering the amazing deserts and beaches and soaking up the atmosphere of the many medinas. Marrakech is one of the key tourism destinations in north Africa, so we’re excited to serve it from two of our London airports.’

The airline is also increasing the flight frequency to other city break destinations from Heathrow this winter, with more flights to Prague, increased from 27 to 34 per week; Budapest, increased from 20 to 23 per week; and Barcelona, from 46 to 53 per week, as well as increasing the frequency to winter sun destinations such as Gibraltar, from 9 to 13 per week; Larnaca; from 7 to 10 per week; and Malaga from four to six per week.

British Airways has recently added Nashville to its long-haul network from Heathrow and is offering travellers a new destination this winter – the South African city of Durban with a direct service from Terminal 5. From October 29, the airline will offer three direct flights a week to the spectacular South African city known for its lush green garden province and beautiful beaches.

British Airways Holidays is offering four nights at the 3 star Le Caspien Hotel, from £279 per person, travelling June 1 – June 17. In addition, the holiday company offers four nights at the five start Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, from £709 per person, travelling June 1 – June 14. The price includes Euro Traveller return flights from London Gatwick and accommodation with breakfast. Booking can be done at ba.com/Marrakech, it said.

Ryanair announces new route to Marrakesh from Liverpool for winter

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced an expansion to its Liverpool winter 2016 schedule with the addition of a new route to Marrakesh, which will operate twice weekly from October.

This is in addition to a new route to Sofia announced earlier. Ryanair’s Liverpool winter 2016 schedule will now deliver two new routes to Sofia and Marrakesh, both twice weekly, and five new winter services, including twice weekly services to Bergerac, Pisa, Porto, Szczecin and a weekly flight to Gran Canaria. The airline will also operate more flights to Alicante (five weekly) and Malaga (four weekly).

With the expansion move, the airline will operate 25 winter routes in total, with 95 weekly flights, which will help deliver 1.9m customers per annum.

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to extend our Liverpool winter 2016 schedule with a new route to Marrakesh, which will operate twice weekly from 31st October and our 25 winter routes will help deliver 1.9 million customers this year and support 1,400 ‘on-site’ jobs at Liverpool Airport.

Seats on our new route to Marrakesh are on sale now from just £24.99 and are available for booking until Monday (1 Aug) for travel in November. Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Liverpool Airport’s Robin Tudor added, ‘We are delighted to welcome this further expansion of Ryanair’s network at Liverpool Airport with more flights on some of our key routes, and the addition of another new destination.

This growth reaffirms the Airports commitment to expanding international connections for the Region, providing more choice to the travelling public, not only in the City of Liverpool but from across the North West and North Wales; whilst also delivering a ‘faster, easier and friendlier’ journey through the Airport.’

In addition to the 25 routes in winter 2016, Liverpool customers and visitors will also benefit from further improvements under Ryanair’s ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, including more new routes, new digital features, new cabin interiors and even more low fares, the airline said.

 

BA increases Moroccan flights and adds Dusseldorf route

British Airways, a UK-based airline company, is increasing its present number of flights to Morocco and launching a new route to the German city of Dusseldorf.

The airline is increasing its flights to Marrakech in Morocco to 10 from the current seven departures per week, and a third weekly service is being added to Agadir. Both of the new Moroccan services begin in October, with Marrakech commencing from the 28th of the month, and the extra Agadir flight starting a day later on the 29th.

BA’s regional commercial manager for Africa, Ian Petrie, said, ‘The acquisition of bmi has enabled us to increase our flights in Africa to serve 18 routes in 15 countries. We now fly to more places, more often than we ever have before in the 80 years we have served the continent. These flights link growing African destinations to London and provide onward connections to the world’s business capitals.’

BA has also announced that it will offer a three-times daily service from London City airport to Dusseldorf in Germany from September 1 this year. The company will operate the route with 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft that will depart London City at 0735, 1425 and 1855. Flights from Dusseldorf to London City will depart daily at 0635, 1315 and 1800. The one-way fare for the route will start from £79, to include up to 23kgs of hold luggage, seat selection on check-in 24 hours before departure and complimentary food and drink.

British Airways general manager commercial at London City, Luke Hayhoe, commented, ‘We have launched a number of new leisure routes from London City in the past couple of years. Now we are very excited to be going to a great business city like Dusseldorf, which offers significant trade links with the city of London.’

 

Ryanair Announces New Bases at Fez and Marrakech

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has announced two new bases to open in Morocco in 2013.

The two new bases will be opening at Fez and Marrakech, which will be hosting a total of three aircraft, and the company is planning to invest around £130 million in Morocco for developing the facilities.

The airline has also announced two new destinations in Morocco, Essaouira and Rabat, adding the total destinations in Morocco to eight, and offering around 60 routes to the country in 2013. The new facilities developed in Morocco are likely to generate around 2,500 jobs for around 2.5m passengers expected to travel through the country in Ryanair flights.

The airline head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair is delighted to announce our first two bases in Morocco at Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) and to launch 2 new Morocco airports at Essaouira and Rabat, with flights starting in April. To celebrate our new Moroccan bases and airports, we are launching a 100,000 seat sale with fares starting from €15 for travel across Europe in February and March. Seats at these crazy low prices will be snapped up quickly, so we urge passengers to book them immediately on www.ryanair.com.”

Dr Lahcen Haddad, the minister of tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco, said, ‘The Moroccan tourism sector is very proud of the confidence Ryanair is showing in the capacity of the Moroccan destination to grow and develop to become a leading market in the Mediterranean region.

This long-term commitment, as shown in the implementation of two bases in Fez and Marrakesh, and the opening of two new destinations (Essaouira and Rabat), is the first stage of a comprehensive strategy aiming, for Ryanair, to build a profitable business based on the huge growth potential of Moroccan tourism, as planned within the framework of Vision 2020.’

Ryanair Cuts Morocco Flights

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has announced the cancellation of weekly flights to Morocco, which took effect June 28, 2012.

Ryanair has reported that ONDA, the airports authority that is owned by the Moroccan government, has backed down on an agreement with the airline and will be working with a new handling company, which will increase the airline’s charges.

The airline has announced the cancellation of eight weekly flights to Nador, six weekly flights to Fez, eight weekly flights to Marrakech, four weekly flights to Tangier, and the closure of its operations at Oujda Airport.

The airline deputy chief executive, Michael Cawley, said, ‘Ryanair entered into long term agreements with the Moroccan Tourism Authority and ONDA, as part of the Moroccan governments 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 government’s 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 EUR50m.’

 

Luxurious Palais Namaskar Opens in Marrakech

Morocco has gained a new luxury hotel called the Palais Namaskar, which is located in Marrakech.

The new luxury hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, and it is claimed to have an architectural style that incorporates contemporary aspects with old world charm.

The Palais Namaskar hotel has a total of 41 accommodation units, which include three types of room, four types of suite, two sets of luxury villas, and two upmarket palaces for those who want to enjoy the ultimate in luxurious living. The accommodation includes terraces, outdoor Jacuzzis and heated pools, and the luxury villas are inclusive of private pools and outdoor areas. The palaces come with private kitchens and butler service.

Le Spa Namaskar is offering a range of body treatments and signature luxury spa experiences at its four cabins with terraces, two cabins with private baths for couple spa experiences, and a special luxurious cabin for couples, in addition to an adjoining beauty salon and a separate fitness area that provides the services of yoga and fitness instructors.

The hotel has three dining venues, as well as in-room dining facilities; leisure facilities that include a nearby golf course; guided trips to local attractions; adventure trips; and private shopping tours with a personal shopper.

The hotel is located in a setting that includes 12 acres of gardens with around 4 acres of lakes, to provide desirable settings for events and festivities.

In an interview given earlier to BreakingTravelNews, Ted Teng, president of The Leading Hotels of the World, said, ‘We are pleased to welcome Palais Namaskar as a complement to our offer in Marrakech. This property also reinforces our partnership with Oetker Collection as Le Bristl in Paris and BrennersPark-Hotel & Spa, in Baden Baden have been long time members of our network.’