Manchester is to gain a Casablanca air link with a new Royal Air Maroc service.

Flights will run three times a week from March 28, with onward connections to 33 destinations in Africa.

The airline will deploy a Boeing 737-800 on the route in a two class configuration.

The new service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. will complement the airline’s flights from Heathrow and Gatwick.

The airline’s UK and 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 28.”

Manchester airport commercial director, Stephen Turner, said: “We are pleased to see Royal Air Maroc launch services from Manchester airport. Being the only airport outside of London with this carrier firmly reinforces our position as the UK’s global gateway for the north.”