Low cost expands to North Africa as EasyJet opens route to Morocco


Nov 15, 2005
UK budget carrier EasyJet has become the first airline to take advantage of new liberalised air services agreements with countries neighbouring the European Union to add flights to three new markets outside the Union, launching its first services to Morocco, Turkey and Croatia this summer.

The move comes as the EU expands its liberalised air transport market beyond its borders through a series of open skies agreements with neighbouring states. Morocco was the first African country to sign a liberalised air services agreement with the EU in mid-December. Turkey and Croatia also signed deals late last year and EasyJet is the first carrier to exploit the open rules.

EC officials in Brussels hope to create a European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) covering the vast majority of Europe outside Russia with the same competition, safety and security rules as the EU.

The Gatwick service to Marrakech and Luton flights to Istanbul will be served daily, while Rijeka and the Basle-Istanbul services will be four times weekly.

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