Israel officially launches direct flights to Morocco – .

Israel officially launches direct flights to Morocco – .

El Al and Israir both launched their first flights to Marrakech on Sunday with a ceremony marking historic flights.
Jerusalem and Rabat agreed to normalize their relations last December following the Abrahamic Accords. The deal follows similar deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

On December 22, the first-ever flight between the two countries carried a US and Israeli delegation led by then-White House senior advisor Jared Kushner. Sunday’s flights marked the start of normal air travel for commercial passengers.

The Israir flight left Israel at 8:15 am, with flight attendants dressed in traditional Moroccan clothing and Moroccan dishes served on board. Supermarket mogul Rami Levy was among the passengers.

The El Al flight which took off at 11:20 am was decorated with Moroccan flags and rugs.

“We continue to build infrastructure and create tourism anchor points that will promote tourism in Israel when we defeat the coronavirus,” Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said. “The Israel – Morocco route is an important and significant line that will help promote tourism, trade and economic and political cooperation agreements between the two countries. All of this will enrich the state coffers and contribute to our war against the cost of living. “

Flights to Menara Airport in Marrakech take around five and a half hours and start at $ 500 per ticket. El Al and Israir will each offer three flights per week.

Arkia is expected to launch flights between Tel Aviv and Marrakech on August 3, and Royal Air Maroc, Morocco’s official airline, will also begin flights next month.

El Al and Israir are also expected to start two flights per week to Casablanca from August 10, for a total of five weekly return flights to the country for each company.

Many Israelis can’t wait to visit what was once an important Jewish center. More than 300,000 Jews emigrated from Morocco to Israel between 1948 and 1964 and there are now a million Israelis of Moroccan origin. It is estimated that 3,000 Jews live in Morocco today.


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