Tourists visiting Murcia who are interested in an exotic side trip during their stay can now fly directly to Morocco. This month Air Arabia launched a twice-weekly service to Oujda, on Mondays and Fridays, the first-ever regular airport connection between the Murcia region and Morocco.
The service was inaugurated on 18 June, with a flight from Oujda Angads Airport on an Airbus 320, which has capacity for 174 passengers.
Present to welcome the crew was Mariano Menor, general manager of Corvera Airport Murcia’s concessionaire company, accompanied by Air Arabia’s regional director for Spain, France and Portugal, Khalid Chakrane Bachtiri, and commercial executive director in Spain, Lukas Krejcik.
Oujda is located in north-eastern Morocco 15 kilometres from the border with Algeria, in the southern part of the Beni-Znassen mountains (450 metres above sea level) and 55 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast.
Currently with a population of over 500,000, the city was founded in 994 by the Berbers, and today it preserves traditional features of Moroccan architecture, with narrow alleys, jewellery and leather markets, and the Grand Mosque of Oujda founded in 1296. Nearby is Bled el Gaada, a Roman era ruins site that includes a “Castra” fort.
Based out of Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, and describing itself as “the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier”, Air Arabia flies to more than 170 destinations around the world.
Meanwhile, at a national level, Barcelona-based Spanish low-cost airline Vueling has begun operating new domestic routes between Murcia and Barcelona and Murcia and Santander (Fridays and Sundays in both cases), and a service connecting Murcia and Bilbao (Thursdays and Sundays).
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