British Airways Starts New Flights to Marrakech

By British Airways, PRNE
Sunday, March 27, 2011

CRAWLEY, England, March 28, 2011 - British Airways started new flights to Marrakech from London Gatwick on
March 27, 2011 in direct competition with low cost carriers.

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

Richard Tams, head of UK and Ireland sales and marketing, said at the
time: "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 (
Right in the centre of the authentic Medina, minutes walk from the Souks and
the famous Place Djemma el Fnaa is the four-star Riad Karmela. For those
seeking paradise during their luxury holidays coupled with a 27-hole golf
course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, 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 47 domestic, shorthaul and worldwide
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

About British Airways:

British Airways offers a wide range of holiday experiences around the
world to complement its flight network - with city breaks, beach holidays,
hotels from value two star hotels through to luxury five star resorts, Avis
car hire and as well as a wide range of experiences in-resort from city tours
through to transfers. Customers can save time and money with when
booking ATOL protected holiday packages utilising flight+hotel or flight+car
(ATOL number is 5985). Passengers are offered added peace of mind to their
holiday plans and the security of travelling with British Airways. British
Airways plc constantly seeks to exceed customers' expectations, both in terms
of the value for money and quality of the service provided.

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