Moroccan Budget Airline Expanding into Europe

Moroccan budget airline Jet4You will begin flights linking Casablanca with Paris and two Belgian cities in late October, taking on the Irish low-cost superstar Ryanair, which will start Europe-Morocco flights at the same time.

Jet4you's Paris-Casablanca flights will begin Oct. 29, with flights linking the Moroccan commercial capital to Charleroi and Liege, Belgium, set to start on Nov. 1, Jet4you's Casablanca office said Friday.

The fledgling airline, with just two planes at present, began flights between Paris and the Moroccan tourist centers of Fez, Marrakech and Agadir in February.

Morocco's entry this year into the European flight zone has opened the door to low-cost airlines looking to cash in on Morocco's growing popularity as a tourist destination for Europeans.

Ryanair, Europe's largest no-frills airline, announced its first foray into Africa last month, with flights to the Moroccan cities of Fez, Marrakech and Oujda from London's Luton Airport, Hahn Airport north of Frankfurt, Germany, and the southern French city of Marseille.

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