African adventure? Ryanair opens its first base on the continent

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Ryanair proudly announced the opening of a new winter base in Agadir this week. With this expansion, the low-cost airline will install two of its Boeing 737 aircraft at the Moroccan airport with an investment of $ 200 million.

Ryanair is taking another step forward with its expansion plans. Photo: Ryanair

Another base – but the first of its kind

The Irish outfit has an impressive portfolio. This year she has over 80 bases under her wing. The number continues to grow with the opening of new bases. The airline has just announced a new base in Turin, marking 16 bases in Italy. In the last few months she also announced new locations in Zagreb and Stockholm Arlanda.

The airline does not only want to expand its strength in Europe. The new opening in Agadir marks the first base in Africa. With the move, Agadir will see 16 new lines in seven European countries, helping passengers get to and from Brussels, Rome, Bologna, Dublin, Toulouse, Paris and Porto. A total of 55 flights depart weekly on a total of 25 routes.

With this announcement, Ryanair is offering fares starting at € 19.99 (~ $ 24) for travel until the end of March next year. It is noteworthy that these low prices are only available until midnight tonight.

Ryanair AgadirThe leadership of Ryanair and Morocco is proud of the base opening in the future. Photo: Ryanair

Great prospects

Overall, there is outward excitement from the management of Ryanair and the Moroccan Tourism Association. The move will help travelers enjoy hotspots in Europe and North Africa.

“We are excited to open our new base in Agadir, which represents a US $ 200 million investment in Agadir Airport, our third Moroccan base. We have had an excellent partnership with this airport since our first flight from Agadir in 2008 and we are very excited to continue growing after 13 years of success in the region, ”said Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson in a statement.

“With 25 destinations to choose from this winter, including 16 new lines, our passengers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing their sunny winter holiday in Seville, Alicante or Naples or a city break in Bologna, Toulouse or Barcelona .

“Since Morocco has the most effective vaccination campaign in Africa, we want to continue to support the economic recovery as well as the regional and international connections of Morocco and position Agadir as a leading winter destination with excellent hotels, restaurants and more. Golf courses in the new Taghazout Quarter. “

Adel el Fakir, CEO of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, emphasized how valuable this step is for Agadir. He’s excited about the connectivity improvements in the region. He notes that the base will allow travelers from numerous markets to experience the area.

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A lot on offer

Located in the west of the country, Agadir-Taghazout is a popular tourist destination due to its year-round sun and coastal location. Visitors can enjoy the Atlantic breeze amid the 10 km long boardwalk. There are now a variety of cafes, restaurants, yoga retreats, golf resorts and surfing hotspots.

Agadir RyanairMorocco has attracted great interest from Europe over the years due to its proximity and the availability of reasonable tariffs. Photo: Ryanair

Ryanair isn’t the only airline to see Agadir’s potential. Several other airlines have increased their presence this year. Air France, Tap Air Portugal, S7 and Aeroflot have all announced new flights to the destination.

Overall, there is a lot of untapped potential in Africa this decade. Carriers around the world are preparing for expansions on the continent in the next few years. We often hear of full-service carriers expanding their services to the region, but it also looks like LCCs are interested in getting a bigger slice of the pie too.

What do you think of Ryanair’s new base in Agadir? Do you think this step will pay off for the low-cost carrier? Let us know what you think of the airline’s plans and prospects in the comments section.

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