Qatar Airways starts flying to Marrakech

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Qatar Airways added another feather into its cap by adding tourist favourite Marrakech to its global route map.  The airline’s inaugural flight landed at Marrakech Menara Airport on July 1 and it opened up a world of more than 150 destinations to customers travelling from the Moroccan city.

On board flight QR1395 was a Qatar Airways delegation lead by Dr Hugh Dunleavy, the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, who was greeted by the Marrakech Menara Airport General Manager, Nawal Mounir; Morocco’s Minister of tourism, Lahcen Haddad; and the Qatari Counselor to Morocco, Mansour Abdullah Al Sulaiteen.

To celebrate first flight, Qatar Airways hosted an Iftar for VIPs, officials, trade and media, at La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Marrakech is one of Morocco’s most popular cities for tourists, and it is our pleasure to offer this vibrant destination to our customers, while also opening up seamless connectivity to more than 150 cities around the world to those travelling from Morocco, through our hub at Hamad International Airport.

There is immense potential in Marrakech, both in terms of tourist and business travel, and we are pleased to offer the services of the world’s best airline to passengers travelling for all purposes.”

Flight QR 1395 was welcomed by the water salute at Marrakech Menara Airport Qatar Airways will operate flights three times a week from Doha to Marrakech on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday via Casablanca. The return flight from Marrakech travels directly non-stop to Doha.

Qatar Airways began its Morocco operations in 2002. Today, customers can fly daily to to Casablanca from Doha. Additionaly through a codeshare partnership with Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways offers customers an opportunity to seamlessly connect to destinations throughout Morocco, Spain, and north and west Africa, with additional benefit of enhanced frequent flyer benefits.

Import and export businesses in Morocco will also benefit from the new service which provides up to 33 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity a week. (Source)