Transavia to take over Air France's Paris-Marrakech link

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French leisure carrier Transavia is to launch services to Marrakech in Morocco this summer.

Paris Orly-based Transavia, which is part-owned by Air France-KLM, will serve Marrakech twice-daily.

A Transavia spokeswoman says: “Marrakech is important, as it was An Air France route. Air France will stop their services and Transavia will start.”

She adds that another new route is in the pipeline and will be announced shortly.

This spring Transavia will take delivery of three aircraft, taking it to a total of seven Boeing 737-800s, enabling it to offer 12 destinations this summer.

In addition to the new Marrakech link, Transavia’s summer 2008 destinations comprise Krakow in Poland, Agadir and Oujda in Morocco, Monastir and Djerba in Tunisia, Gerona and Grenada in Spain, Catania and Palermo in Italy, Oporto in Portugal and Heraklion in Crete.

During the winter 2007-08 season Transavia served 16 destinations. The routes not mentioned in its summer plans comprise Fez and Ouarzazate in Morocco, Tozeur in Tunisia, Las Palmas and Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Luxor and Hurghada in Egypt.