Royal Air Maroc launched flights to Israel on Sunday with a direct service between Casablanca and Tel Aviv. This is the Moroccan national carrier’s first non-stop service since the two nations normalized diplomatic ties in December 2020.
Royal Air Maroc launches Casablanca-Tel Aviv
Royal Air Maroc Flight AT228 departed Casablanca on Sunday morning, arriving at Tel Aviv, Israel, less than five hours later. This marked the airline’s first direct flight to Israel since the normalization of relations over 15 months ago.
The service was initially set to launch on December 12th but was delayed due to the COVID pandemic. Passengers on Sunday’s flight included Royal Air Maroc CEO Abdelhamid Addou and a Moroccan business delegation, who received a warm welcome at Tel Aviv International Airport.
Direct commercial flights between Morocco and Israel have resumed after more than two decades. Photo: Getty Images
CEO Abdelhamid Addou said,
“I am very proud and honored to be with you today at this historic moment which marks the first Royal Air Maroc flight between Casablanca and Tel Aviv. This new connection will be a factor of rapprochement between our peoples. These connections are based on very old ties between our monarchy and the Jewish people. Today, it is about reconnecting a family.”
The Moroccan national airline will offer four flights per week between Casablanca (CMN) and Tel Aviv (TLV). The frequency is expected to increase to five flights per week in due time.
David Govrin, head of Israel’s Liaison Office in Morocco, said,
“Casablanca-Tel Aviv for 400 euros ($440). Who would have believed it?”
Served by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
CMN-TLV flights will be operated by Royal Air Maroc’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The carrier operates a youthful fleet of nine Dreamliners – five 787-8s and four 787-9s. Passengers onboard will be offered kosher meal options.
The weekly schedule is as follows:
- Flight AT228 – Casablanca (CMN) to Tel Aviv (TLV) – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Departing at 23:55, arriving at 06:15.
- Flight AT229 – Tel Aviv (TLV) to Casablanca (CMN) – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Departing at 07:15, arriving at 12:10.
Frequency will eventually increase to five weekly flights. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying
CEO Addou added,
“Morocco is a unique destination and offers endless options for those who love to travel, it has an incredible richness due to its history and its geographical position. Morocco has a very rich culture, of which the Hebrew culture is an integral part.”
After normalizing diplomatic relations in late-2020, the first flights between Morocco and Israel were launched in July 2021 by Israeli carriers El Al and Israel.
These were the first direct commercial flights between the two nations in over two decades after a 1993 agreement was broken off in 2000.
Israeli carriers returned to Morocco last summer. Photo: Getty Images
Royal Air Morocco said,
“This new connection meets the expectations of the Moroccan community established in Israel, which maintains strong ties with its country of origin.”
The Moroccan carrier announced its Casablanca-Tel Aviv service in November, although its December launch date was delayed. Israel is home to a large community of Moroccan-descended Jews numbering around 700,000.
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