With the Mohammed V International Airport at Casablanca having regular links to Africa, America, Canada and Europe, spending a few days exploring this atmospheric city is easy. Royal Air Maroc offers direct daily flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports and weekly flights from Manchester, all with flight times of under three and a half hours. All other flights to Casablanca from UK airports involve connections and have a combined flight time of approximately four hours. Departure airports include Manchester, Dublin and Edinburgh.
Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) is Morocco's busiest airport and the fourth busiest in Africa. It started life as an American Air Force base in WWII. It is linked to Casablanca city centre, which is 19 miles away, by trains and local buses. Facilities at its two terminals include car hire desks, ATMs, currency exchange, WiFi, toilets, passenger lounges, shops, cafes and restaurants.
All direct flights to Casablanca from the UK are operated by Royal Air Maroc. These have a flight time of just under three and a half hours. Royal Air Maroc is Morocco's flag-carrying airline and operates a modern fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft. It is expected to become a Oneworld member in 2020.
Considering the distance between the United Kingdom and Morocco, travelling by plane to Casablanca is the only quick and reliable option. Direct flights take less than four hours, while connecting flights provided by operators such as Lufthansa, Saudi Airlines and Gulf Air have combined flight times of approximately four hours. The aircraft are modern and comfortable with on-board services that include refreshments and duty-free shopping; it's a fast and convenient way to travel.
Spending a few days in Casablanca is a good introduction to the colourful and gritty life of Morocco in North Africa. The town started life as a Berber fishing village but is now a cosmopolitan city with good dining and a vibrant nightlife as well as some historic attractions such as the Hassan II Mosque and the Mahkama du Pacha Palace. Palm-lined streets feature Art Deco buildings that display a definite French influence, while behind the walls of the old city is the Medina: the perfect place to try out your bargaining skills as you shop for souvenirs.