Prague to Casablanca flights announced

People can fly directly to the coastal city in Morocco for the first time since the 1980s

Moroccan low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will operate a direct air link between Prague and Casablanca starting April 2, 2019.

The route will carry passengers twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays, using an Airbus A320 plane configured for 168 passengers in one class. The route between Mohammed V International Airport and Václav Havel Airport Prague could serve close to an estimated 14,000 passengers in each direction per year.

The last time that Prague had direct flights to Casablanca was in the 1980s.

“For several seasons, Prague Airport has offered direct flights to almost all important destinations in Europe. We are therefore glad that we can now expand our range of destinations to North Africa as well. Casablanca will become the fifth destination in this region with direct scheduled flights from Václav Havel Airport Prague,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors at Prague Airport, said in a press release.

Prague Airport (Letiště Praha) is the company that operates Václav Havel Airport.

The new air link will be available on Mondays and Thursdays, leaving Casablanca at 2:50 pm and arriving in Prague at 7:40 pm. The Prague to Casablanca flights will leave at 8:30 pm and arrive at 11:35 pm.

Ticket sales have already begun at www.airarabia.com.

Casablanca is the largest city and port in Morocco. It is also the capital of the Greater Casablanca region and the country's most important economic and cultural center.

The city has almost 3.5 million inhabitants and employs over half of Morocco's labor force. The center of Casablanca was built by French architects in a modern Moorish-style concept. The city also offers long suburban beaches, modern shopping centers, and rich nightlife and cultural life.

The city is well-known to people from the 1942 film Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart, but the film was actually not made there. A replica of the film's famous restaurant, however, opened in 2004.

The city also has Africa's first skyscraper, and the Hassan II Mosque, with the world's tallest minaret.

Prague Airport has been trying to increase passenger numbers by adding more destinations and also adding capacity to existing routes with more flights and larger planes.

The airport handled a total of 7,463,975 passengers in the first half of 2018, a 10 percent increase over the same period last year, and looks set to break last year's annual record of clearing 15,415,001 passengers. That was an increase of 17.9 percent compared to 2016.

Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel's death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.


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