Dozens of weekly flights to Morocco will be absent from the European air traffic radar later this year, as Ryanair calls time on the North African destination.
More than 20 weekly flights, including London Stansted to Fez and Valencia to Marrakech, will stop completely on October 1st, while a number of other European Ryanair services will also be significantly reduced, reports travelmole.com.
Flights between London Luton and Marrakech will be restricted to twice weekly, as will Fez to Brussels Charleroi.
The budget carrier says that it can no longer work with the Moroccan Airport Authority (Office National Des Aéroports, ONDA), on the basis that it is demanding massive hikes in its airport charges.
Deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said in a ryanair.com statement: “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.”
Ryanair has given much to its Moroccan operations in the past, becoming the second-largest carrier there. It predicts that as a result of the cancellations, Morocco’s tourism industry could lose as many as 100,000 tourists a year and miss out on around 50 million Euros to its economy.