LisbonBearUK From Portugal, joined Jan 2010, 421 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5827 times:
Will BA ever return to Morocco? Seems incredible that they do not serve CMN with at least one flight a day from London. I would have thought there would have been a fair amount of transit traffic through LHR on offer for them and their 1W partners?
I can understand they are leaving the likes of RAK and AGA to the low-costs...but not serving the biggest airport in Morocco seems very odd in my view.
RoyalAirMaroc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 187 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4257 times:
Air Arabia ceased operating to STN from CMN due to lack of available aircraft, and the fact that these aircraft are more profitable on shorter and higher frequency hops to France and Spain. AT operate double daily flights to CMN from LHR and a further flight to TNG daily from LGW during the summer. Also, single daily flights to CMN and another daily flight to TNG all from LHR during the winter. Some CMN flights are routed LHR-CMN-RAK.
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AH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4120 times:
Morocco is VERY well covered from MAD by OW partner Iberia. Also, IB has an extensive partnership with RAM that covers quite literally every city worth flying to in Morocco. So, I'm guessing BA just funnel Morocco traffic to MAD. Otherwise they would serve at least CMN on their own metal, seeing as they serve ALG and TUN (albeit from LGW).
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LX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 374 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
It is very strange, always thought they would take over at least some of the GT flights in their own right.
As someone who is sitting in Marrakesh right now, courtesy of the Ryanair flight from LTN this morning, I can not honestly think of any reason why BA are not doing at least the LHR route.
There appears to be:
- Higher yielding traffic for what is mainly a leisure route (based on some of the crazy fares U2 and FR sometimes charge here) - the flight was also less student/gap year traveller/jobseeker orientated on the pax profile appearance on board!
- No over the top competition like other short-haul routes - there is the non-daily FR flight and U2 services from the other LON airports, plus RAM group.
- Possible VFR and connecting opportunities that would rather go through LHR (like me!) than do the trip to LTN or LGW.
- A growing market to Morocco.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4913 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2009 times:
Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2): Worth mentioning that Air Arabia Maroc did fly CMN-STN but ceased it.
Indeed. That plus no BA or EZY indicates that LON-CMN must be a weak market
Quoting SAM1987 (Reply 3): I wouldn't be surprised to see BA return to Morocco soon. Probably to RAK first but we shall see.
RAK would certainly be a good fit for the more leisure focused LGW operation.
Quoting faro (Reply 4): Why don't Jet4you fly to the UK, if even with reduced frequencies?
Isn't Jet4You a more VFR focused operation, rather than being aimed at tourists? Additionally TUI has TOM operating UK-Morroco which means there is little tour operator 'support' available in the UK market
Quoting RoyalAirMaroc (Reply 7): AT operate double daily flights to CMN from LHR and a further flight to TNG daily from LGW during the summer. Also, single daily flights to CMN and another daily flight to TNG all from LHR during the winter. Some CMN flights are routed LHR-CMN-RAK.
Can't see any mention of LGW-Tangiers on the LGW website. Seems to be LHR-CMN-RAK, LHR-TNG, LGW-CMN and LGW-RAK. TNG and the LGW operations dont seem to be daily