FLIGHTS from Bournemouth Airport to Africa will take off in a brand new route this week. 

Irish-based airline Ryanair will fly to Agadir on the south west coast of Morocco on April 1 as part of a new twice weekly route every Monday and Thursday. 

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Agadir was announced at the start of the year as Ryanair's 19th destination from Bournemouth following a successful 2023 season which saw it base a second aircraft at the airport for the summer. 

The Moroccan city boasts "palm-lined boulevards with beachfront bars adding a decidedly Western-resort feel", according to TripAdvisor. 

Bournemouth Airport is going through a lot of change of late. 

Earlier this week it was announced Jet2 is to start flying from Bournemouth in April 2025, offering 16 routes, two airlines and more than 100 new jobs. 

Meanwhile, tour operator TUI also announced it will add a second aircraft at Bournemouth in 2024 with an extra 60,000 seats available, a 33 per cent increase on its 2023 schedule.  

Steve Gill, managing director of Bournemouth Airport, said he is “confident” of seeing more than one million passengers pass through the terminal in 2024.  

As part of the anticipated growth, airport owners Regional and City Airports will be pumping more than £5m into new facilities, equipment, staff and training.  

Bournemouth Airport has said passengers will notice several improvements over the coming months as part of the investment programme.  

These include an upgraded security search area with new scanning kit to relax the restriction on liquids and the need to take electronics out of bags when the works are complete. 

Ryanair DAC chief executive Eddie Wilson said the flights from Bournemouth are part of a wider $1.4 billion investment in Morocco this summer. 

He said he expects Ryanair to transport more than five million passengers to the African country this year.