Morocco reopens its airspace in February after more than 2 months of closure
The Moroccan government has decided to reopen the airspace from February 7 to flights to and from the country, after more than two months of closure, according to a statement released Thursday evening by the MAP agency.
Authorities were under pressure from a bankrupt tourism sector and Moroccans stranded abroad to unblock borders closed since November 29 due to an outbreak of the Omicron variant.
“This decision comes in accordance with the legal provisions relating to the management of the state of health emergency and following the recommendations of the scientific and technical commission and taking into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the kingdom”, indicates the press release.
“To support the implementation of this decision, a technical commission is currently examining the measures to be adopted at the border posts and the conditions required for travelers, which will be announced later”, specifies the same source.
The government also extended Thursday the state of health emergency in force since 2020, throughout the territory, until February 28.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced, this Friday, the resumption of its international scheduled flights, on its entire network, from February 7, 2022, date of the reopening of the Moroccan borders within the framework of measures related to the Covid-19 health crisis. Pending the resumption of regular air traffic, special flights continue to operate from January 28 to February 6, 2022, to Paris, Brussels, Milan, Barcelona and Madrid.
In reference to the government’s decision, announced Thursday evening, RAM is preparing to reschedule its flights to and from Morocco, thus replacing the special one-way flights, operated on a limited basis in recent months to a few international destinations. In a press release, the airline indicated that “the flight program will thus include direct flights connecting Morocco to around fifty airports in Europe, Africa, America, the Middle East and Asia”.
According to the same source, the RAM “will strengthen its flight program with a gradual increase in the number of frequencies and destinations”, to better support travelers as part of the resumption of international traffic. In this sense, the company recalls that the trips will be carried out “in strict compliance with the conditions required by the public authorities which will be announced later, in order to guarantee the health and safety” of customers and staff.
Tickets for flights available for sale can be purchased through RAM’s website, through its call centers and sales agencies, as well as through the travel agency network, the company said.
Until 4 p.m. this Friday, 4,899 cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Morocco. Thus, the total number of people infected since the start of the health crisis in the country has reached 1,124,986. In addition, 24,653,642 people have received, until today, the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19. , while 23,071,933 received the second and 4,358,048 received the third.