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Air Arabia Maroc to begin operations in early ‎‎2009‎

4th November 2008 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and ‎North Africa, announced today that it will commence operations from its ‎second hub in Morocco in early 2009, subject to government approvals. Air ‎Arabia's second hub in Casablanca will provide the Sharjah-based LCC with a ‎platform from which to reach the wider Europe, Middle East and Africa ‎‎(EMEA) market. The new airline, named "Air Arabia Maroc" will cover ‎Morocco's domestic sector and operate in selected destinations across ‎Europe and Africa.‎

Last year, Air Arabia announced the establishment of its second hub following ‎the signing of a management agreement with Regional Air Lines, the leading ‎private carrier in Morocco. Air Arabia will assume management control and ‎apply its successful business model to the management of the newly ‎established LCC. ‎

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia, said: "Air ‎Arabia already enjoys a strong presence in the MENA region, and has now ‎embarked upon a phase of rapid growth and expansion. In addition to further ‎strengthening our operations in Sharjah, we are keen to capitalise on the ‎immense potential in North Africa and Southern Europe. With our new hub in ‎Morocco, we will now be able to expand our coverage across EMEA markets. ‎Work on the Casablanca hub is in full swing and operations will begin early ‎next year."‎

Mohamed Hassan Ben Salah, Chairman, Regional Air Lines, said: "We are ‎very excited about our partnership with Air Arabia. Since the announcement of ‎this agreement last year, we have been working closely to create an airline ‎that will provide travelers in Morocco and across the EMEA region with ‎greater choices in efficient and cost-effective travel solutions. With its ‎expanded coverage, we are confident that the new carrier will also contribute ‎to the growth of tourism in the Kingdom."‎

Launched in 1997, Regional Airlines covers nearly all major urban centres in ‎Morocco and four destinations in the southern European nations of Spain and ‎Portugal. ‎

Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based investment bank with global reach, also joins ‎Air Arabia and Regional Air Lines as partners in the newly created company.‎

 

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