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  • Joe Breitfeller

British Airways Opens African Destinations With Royal Air Maroc Codeshare

On Thursday, British Airways announced a new codeshare agreement with Royal Air Maroc that will open new routes across Morocco including Casablanca and Agadir. The agreement will also give customers more options between Heathrow and Marrakesh.

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

British Airways and Royal Air Maroc announced today a new codeshare which will open routes across Morocco including service to Casablanca and Agadir. Customers will also have more flexibility when traveling between London-Heathrow and Marrakesh. Tickets are available from February 13, 2020 for travel commencing February 20, 2020. Additionally, Royal Air Maroc will be joining the global oneworld® alliance on April 1st. British Airways’ first African codeshare will provide more choices between Heathrow and Marrakesh as well as access to Royal Air Maroc’s Casablanca hub, not currently served directly by British Airways. From Casablanca, customers can easily connect with Royal Air Maroc to destinations such as Agadir (Morocco), Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Freetown (Sierra Leone). In Thursday’s announcement, British Airways’ Head of Alliances, Chris Fordyce said,

“We are delighted to be partnering with Morocco’s flagship airline, Royal Air Maroc to create our first African codeshare agreement. Not only will this codeshare give our customers the choice of more flights to Africa’s biggest tourist destination, Morocco, it will connect our extensive global network to new destinations in Africa.”

BA and Royal Air Maroc Cabin Crew Celebrate New Codeshare - Courtesy British Airways

Also commenting on the new codeshare, Royal Air Maroc’s CEO, Hamid Addou added,

“This new codeshare with a prestigious company, British Airways, confirms Royal Air Maroc’s major role as a key player connecting Africa to the rest of the world. We are very pleased with this cooperation which will foster our traffic development and ease the access to both our companies’ networks on both ends. Thanks to this code-sharing agreement, Royal Air Maroc offers its passengers access to additional destinations across Great Britain and a better customer journey, through optimized connections and end-to-end check-in operations, with international assistance at airports served by the two companies.”

Guests of both British Airways and Royal Air Maroc will earn loyalty points when flying either carrier and British Airways Executive Club members will earn Avios, which can be redeemed on Reward flights, upgrades, hotels, car rentals and on partial payment on flights. Also, customers flying in premium cabins of either carrier on codeshared flights will be able to access both airline’s lounges.

Founded in 1957, Royal Air Maroc is a leading African carrier serving 105 global destinations with a youthful fleet of 59 aircraft. The airline capitalizes on Morocco’s central location between Europe and Africa and transports nearly 8 million customers annually. Royal Air Maroc connects the main domestic airports in Morocco as well as 80 airports worldwide. In 2019, the carrier operated over 2,500 regularly scheduled flights weekly. The airline has maintained a Four-Star Skytrax rating since 2015.

Source: British Airways