Since Rabat’s decision to close its air borders with France due to the resumption of the Covid-19 pandemic, Paris has repatriated on board special flights more than 20,000 people stranded, we learned on Tuesday 30 November from French diplomatic sources. Among these passengers are a majority of tourists, but also businessmen and “Semi-residents” who share their place of residence between Morocco and France, said this source.
Rabat decided on November 25, before the appearance of the new Omicron variant, to suspend ” until further notice “ regular flights to and from France due to the resurgence of the epidemic. Special flights, subject to authorization from the Moroccan authorities, have been organized for people who have not been able to return to France.
Morocco’s leading economic partner
The companies Air France and Transavia have set up special flights from Morocco since Friday, and the national company Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has scheduled them to France from Tuesday, November 30 and until the 6th. December. France is by far Morocco’s leading economic partner: more than 1.3 million Moroccans live in France and nearly 80,000 French people live in Morocco.
In addition, the low cost airline TUI fly has announced that it will operate eighteen special flights between the 1er and on December 5 to repatriate some 2,377 Belgian tourists still stuck on Moroccan territory, according to a press release.
Since midnight Monday, all direct passenger flights to Morocco have been suspended for two weeks, “In order to preserve Morocco’s achievements in the fight against the pandemic”.
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