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Ryanair to Open New Base In Morocco

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has just announced that it is opening a new base at Agadir Al-Massira International Airport (AGA) in Morocco. In a company statement issued on November 10, 2021, the Dublin-based airline said its new Moroccan base signifies its commitment to the North African country. Ryanair says that basing two aircraft worth $200 million in Agadir will help rebuild Morocco’s tourism industry and play a vital role in creating jobs for the local economy.

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Ryanair will base two planes in Agadir. Photo: Ryanair

What Ryanair’s new Agadir base will deliver:

  • Two based aircraft (a $200m investment)
  • 60 direct jobs
  • 30 total routes (20 new routes)
  • Connections to popular European destinations such as Alicante, Barcelona, Bologna, Turin & Valencia
  • Over 65 departing flights per week

Ryanair says that with 30 routes from Agadir to select from, passengers can now book a well-deserved gateway at incredibly low prices.

60 new jobs will be created

When speaking about the new Agadir base and Ryanair’s summer 2022 schedule, Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Digital, and Comms, Dara Brady, said:

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our base in Agadir and announce our S22 schedule, which will deliver increased connectivity with two based aircraft. This development will create 60 direct jobs and offer our Moroccan customers a host of European destinations to choose from, with 20 new routes connecting Morocco to the likes of Alicante, Bologna, Lisbon, Madrid, Naples, Tenerife, Turin & Valencia.

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Agadir is a Moroccan beach resort. Photo: Ryanair

Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provide the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with Agadir airport to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their workforce, we’re delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.”

Ryanair routes from Agadir

From Agadir, Morocco, Ryanair will fly to the following places:

Alicante, Spain
Naples, Italy
Baden-Baden, Germany
Nantes, France
Barcelona, Spain
Paris Beauvais, France
Bologna, Italy,
Perpignan, France
Dublin, Ireland
Pisa, Italy
Krakow, Poland
Porto, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
Seville, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Malaga, Spain
Toulouse, France

For summer 2022, Ryanair will add Turin, Italy, and Valencia, Spain, to its Agadir network.

About Agadir

If you are looking for a short-haul beach vacation or just a weekend getaway, Agadir may just tick all the right boxes. Located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Agadir is primarily a beach resort that caters to package holidaymakers. In 1960 Agadir suffered a devasting earthquake that killed 15,000 in a matter of seconds. Following the earthquake, the entire city was rebuilt and is now Morocco’s premier destination for sand, sea, and nightlife.

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Agadir has a six-mile-long beach. Photo: karel291 via Wikimedia

While Agadir may seem sterile when compared to places like Marakesh, it does have its pluses. Comprising fine golden-colored sand, the beach in Agadir is six miles long and 450 yards wide. Shaped in a crescent along a bay, the beach and its gentle slope into the ocean is ideal for families with young children. Running alongside the beach is an elegant corniche of hotels, bars, and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the views.

What do you think about Ryanair basing two planes in Agadir, and do you think it can be a success? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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