British Airways Announces new Flights to Marrakech

By British Airways, PRNE
Sunday, November 28, 2010

CRAWLEY, England, November 29, 2010 - British Airways is to launch new services to Marrakech from London
Gatwick next year in direct competition with low cost carriers.

The airline announced its new flights to Marrakech ( at
the World Travel Market at ExCel in London.

Richard Tams, head of UK and Ireland Sales and Marketing, said: "British
Airways offers a real alternative to discerning travellers to Morocco. Unlike
the low cost carriers, we offer fantastic all-inclusive fares with no stealth
extras. The benefits you get on BA at no extra charge include a generous
baggage allowance, drinks and snacks and much more.

"Marrakech adds another fabulous destination to our leisure network at
Gatwick and I am confident it will be a huge success. It's a great starting
point to explore Morocco; from trekking in the Atlas Mountains to exploring
its amazing deserts and beaches and soaking up the atmosphere of the many

The chief executive officer of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, Mr
Hamid Addou, welcomed the announcement and said: "We're delighted that
British Airways is returning to Morocco and Marrakech, where we know that
there is a strong demand from the UK tourist market for flagship carriers.

"Marrakech (
is one of the key tourism destinations in the southern Europe and Africa
regions. Its brand image is very strong and we will reinforce it in our joint
marketing programme."

A mix of Boeing 737s and Airbus A319s will operate the thrice-weekly
service, which departs Gatwick on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, returning
the same evening.

British Airways offers a wide range of hotels suitable for all types of
holidays in Marrakech (
Traditional Moroccan architecture and surrounds can be experienced in the
three-star Moroccan hotel, or right in the centre of the authentical Medina,
minutes walk from the Souks and the famous Place Djemma el Fnaa is the
four-star Riad Karmela. For those seeking paradise of light and magical
fragrances coupled with a 27-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones
, the award-winning five-star Palmeraie Golf Palace is the place to visit.

British Airways last flew to Marrakech as GB Airways. The service
operated from October 2002 until March 2008, when the route was discontinued
following GB's takeover by easyJet.

British Airways operates to 42 domestic, European and longhaul
destinations perfect for Florida and Caribbean holidays ( from
Gatwick and carries approximately five million customers a year through the
airport. BA regularly outperforms all other Gatwick carriers to produce
punctuality levels of more than 90 per cent.

British Airways customers benefit by choosing a flight with the airline
due to no extra charges for a 23kg checked baggage allowance, two pieces of
hand luggage, complimentary drinks and a snack on board, allocated seats for
all, priority boarding for young families, centrally located airports and
great punctuality performance. High value offered by British Airways compared
to no-frills carriers can be viewed on the value calculator ( on

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