Royal Air Maroc has announced plans to launch a new route between Manchester and Casablanca.

From March 28, the Moroccan carrier will begin non-stop flights three times a week from Manchester airport to Mohammed V International airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Joining Royal Air Maroc services at Gatwick and Heathrow, Manchester airport will be the third UK airport to operate flights to Casablanca using a two-class B737-800.

The Casablanca service will open up connections between Manchester and 33 African destinations, plus additional connections to Brazil and daily flights to Marrakech and Agadir.

Commercial director at Manchester airport Stephen Turner said: 

“Being the only airport outside of London with this carrier firmly reinforces our position as the UK’s Global Gateway for the North. I am sure the 22m people in our catchment area, which spans as far north as Scotland, south to the Midlands, east across Yorkshire and west to Wales and Merseyside, will welcome the route should they wish to access Casablanca for business or leisure.”