Air Arabia Maroc has announced it will launch flights from Manchester to Agadir this winter.
The Moroccan low cost airline will start twice weekly flights from October to the resort.
It makes Manchester the only airport in the UK outside of London served by the carrier.
Adel Al Ali, group chief executive, Air Arabia, said: “We look forward to connecting Manchester with Agadir and we are confident that this step will further cater to the needs of our growing customer base.
“Agadir offers a great tourism experience year around with its unique beaches, mountains, golf resorts and excellent dining options.”
The new service will operate on Thursdays and Sunday on an Airbus A320.
Stephen Turner, commercial director for Manchester Airport, said: “It’s great news that Air Arabia Maroc will start flights to Agadir from Manchester this winter.
“Agadir is a great beach resort that also offers fantastic access to the Atlas Mountains.
“This route will provide the 22 million people in our catchment area with further choice on how to reach this exciting destination.”
Royal Air Maroc has announced the launch of a new route between Manchester and Casablanca.
From Tuesday March 28th, the Moroccan flag-carrier will begin operating direct non-stop flights three times per week from Manchester Airport to Mohammed V International Airport.
The service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
This exciting launch sees Manchester Airport become only the third UK airport to operate flights to Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc, with the airline also currently running services from London Gatwick and London Heathrow.
The new service will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with both business and economy class seating available.
The scheduled flight time is approximately three hours and twenty minutes.
As well as offering direct flights from Manchester to Casablanca, Royal Air Maroc’s new service opens the door for connections to 33 African destinations.
Key connections through Casablanca, the second-largest hub to Africa, include Lagos, Accra, Nairobi and Banjul.
There is also an opportunity for flight connections to Brazil, as well as daily connecting flights to popular tourist destinations such as Marrakech and Agadir.
Royal Air Maroc serves over 90 destinations in four continents, bringing Africa closer to the rest of the world.
The airline’s UK & Ireland general manager, Achraf El Hassani, said: “Royal Air Maroc is delighted to launch the only non-stop service from the North of England direct to Casablanca, with thrice-weekly flights between Manchester Airport and Mohammed V International Airport.
“We are thrilled to be providing yet another invaluable link from the UK to Africa and look forward to welcoming passengers on board our service from March 28th.”
Manchester Airport is the UK’s third largest with more than 25.6m annual passengers.
It has more than 210 routes served by 70 plus airlines.
On the announcement of the Royal Air Maroc service, Stephen Turner, commercial director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are pleased to see Royal Air Maroc launch services from Manchester Airport.”