Posted on: 28 June 2012 by Mark Howells
Ryanair is to cancel 34 weekly flights (equating to around 250,000 passengers annually) to/from Morocco because it claims that ONDA, the Moroccan Government’s airports authority, has reneged on an agreement with the airline by imposing a new monopoly handling company on Ryanair which the airline says would have resulted in a massive increase in charges.
ONDA, claims Ryanair, has refused to guarantee the continuation of the cost levels of the carrier’s original agreement. Ryanair has declared that it has no alternative but to announce substantial reductions to its flight programme to Moroccan airports which will include reductions of eight weekly frequencies at Nador, six at Fez, eight at Marrakesh, four at Tangier as awell as the complete closure of its operation at Oujda Airport (eight weekly frequencies).
The cancelled routes currently cover Nador to Girona and Madrid, Oujda to Marseille and Brussels Charleroi, Fez to London Stansted, and Marrakesh to Valencia. Route reductions will be implemented on the Tangier–Madrid, Fez–Brussels-Charleroi and Marrakech–London Luton routes.