DHL today announced the launch of a new direct daily flight between Ibn Battouta airport in Tangier, Morocco to DHL’s global hub in Leipzig, Germany, connecting northern Morocco’s high-growth economic zones to Europe.
The service provides customers in Morocco with a reduction in delivery time by 4 hours and an extended pickup time limit by up to 3 hours.
The Tangier-Leipzig route via Alicante, Spain utilizes a B737 jet with a 15-ton capacity for five weekly flights. As DHL’s second dedicated air service for Morocco, the route compliments the current six times a week flight from Casablanca to Europe via Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris with a B757 and Airbus aircraft daily.
Nour Suliman, CEO, DHL Express Middle East and North Africa, said, “As the MENA region continues to register sustained economic growth, it is essential that businesses have access to logistics services that keep pace with their expansion into global markets. The new connection from Tangier reinforces our commitment to not just Morocco’s fast-growing industry clusters, but a growing number of businesses across the Maghreb using Morocco as a strategic gateway into European markets.”
“Northern Morocco is seeing massive economic growth as a result of heavy government investment in industries ranging from automotive to textiles, with Morocco’s automotive exports growing around 34% in 2014 — and driving growth in GDP from 2.5% in 2014 to 4.5% in Q3 2015 — as a result of financial and trade initiatives in clusters like the Tangier Automotive City. DHL itself has seen double-digit growth in trade volumes from Morocco to Europe, largely caused by rapid upscaling of automotive production from northern Morocco to around 400 thousand vehicles per annum,” said Faysal El Hajjami, Vice President and Maghreb Area Manager, DHL Express.
“For these industries to keep sustaining Morocco’s revitalized economy, it is imperative that they be supported by highly reliable on-time logistics directly linking the country’s production hubs to demand in Europe and the rest of the world. This latest connection will enable northern Morocco’s industries to further accelerate their growth as well as that of Morocco and the greater Maghreb region.”
Bachi Spiga, Head of Operations, DHL Express Middle East and North Africa, said, “The introduction of the new express flight from Morocco to Europe reinforces our commitment in one of the most high-potential economic zones in the world. DHL already operates Morocco’s largest vehicle fleet, with 120 courier vehicles servicing all major Moroccan cities, along with its state-of-the-art logistics gateway in Casablanca.”
“As economic activity reaches new peaks, DHL continues to invest in raising the bar with the quality of our services and in continuing to optimize our express deliveries, including the reduced delivery time and pickup burdens generated by the new Tangier-Leipzig route.”