Morocco airline cancels World Cup followers flights, citing Qatar restrictions

A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-9 lands at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in March 2022. The airline has cancelled flights placed on to hold Moroccan followers to the World Cup semi-final, citing a call by Qatari authorities.

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Morocco’s nationwide airline mentioned it was cancelling all flights it had scheduled for Wednesday to hold followers to Doha for the World Cup semi-final, citing what it mentioned was a call by Qatari authorities.

“Following the most recent restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to tell clients of the cancellation of their flights operated by Qatar Airways,” the airline mentioned in an emailed assertion.

The Qatari authorities’s worldwide media workplace didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Royal Air Maroc had beforehand mentioned it will lay on 30 extra flights to assist followers get to Qatar for Wednesday night time’s semi-final sport towards France however on Tuesday a supply at a RAM journey company mentioned solely 14 flights had been scheduled.

The cancellation of Wednesday’s seven scheduled flights means RAM was solely in a position to fly the seven flights on Tuesday, leaving followers who had already booked match tickets or lodge rooms unable to journey.

RAM mentioned it will reimburse air tickets and apologised to clients.

The RAM spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to Reuters request for remark. Qatar Airways didn’t instantly reply to Reuters request for remark.

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