British low-cost airline easyJet is to start flying to
Africa for the first time with a new route to Marrakesh in Morocco from
July, reports said in London on Wednesday.
The no-frills carrier will offer daily flights to the continent from
London Gatwick airport on July 4, as it expands its horizons beyond
Europe. The firm also plans to launch daily services between London
Luton airport and Istanbul in Turkey on June 29 and four-times-a-week
Luton and Rijeka on the northeast Croatian coast the following day.
"This is probably our most significant expansion since the start of our
new routes to central and eastern Europe in May 2004," easyJet chief
executive Andrew Harrison said, adding that Morocco, Turkey and Croatia
were building closer ties with Britain and Europe." As a consequence, the
demand for low fares to these countries is growing quickly, and easyJet
will be in a unique position to benefit from this development," said
One-way fares will start at 25.99 pounds (38.15 euros, 45.55 dollars) to
Rijeka and 30.99 pounds to Marrakesh and Istanbul. easyJet will also
begin a four-flights-a-week service between Basle in Switzerland and
Istanbul on May 24.
The bright orange carrier, founded by entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou,
flew 29.6 million passengers in 2005.
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