Qatar Airways is enhancing its international route network by resuming flights to two significant Moroccan cities. From June 30, the airline will serve Casablanca and Marrakesh from its Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH) base.
Qatar Airways will operate four weekly flights to Casablanca Mohammed V International (CMN) and Marrakesh Menara International (RAK) airports on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Passengers on this route will experience Qatar’s exquisite service on the Boeing 787-8 with a 22 business class and 232 economy class configuration. The flight schedule is as follows:
- Departs DOH at 09:15 and arrives at CMN at 15:10.
- Departs CMN at 16:30 and arrives at RAK at 17:25.
- Departs RAK at 18:55 and arrives at CMN at 19:45.
- Departs CMN at 21:20 and arrives at DOH at 06:30+1 local time.
With the addition of Casablanca and Marrakesh, passengers can now enjoy connectivity to over 160 destinations on the airline’s global network. Marrakesh is the fourth-largest city in Morocco and one of the four imperial cities. Tourists admire it for its diversity and rich heritage.
Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Africa. It is famous for its blend of “old” and “new,” with an appeal that showcases modern infrastructure while retaining traditional Moroccan architecture.
Qatar and Morocco have had a great diplomatic relationship for years, with Qatar being one of Morocco’s largest foreign investors. The two countries were brought even closer by the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The North African nation reached the semi-finals, which saw a record number of Moroccans visiting Qatar during the tournament. Qatar Airways CEO Mr Akbar Al Baker said;
“The Qatar Airways’ flights to Casablanca and Marrakesh solidify our commitment to the Moroccan market and meet a strong demand for connectivity to these two beautiful and historic cities. The FIFA World Cup 2022TM brought Qatar and Morocco together through football and bolstered our cultural and economic cohesion. Connecting through our Hamad International Airport offers passengers an unparalleled 5-star travel experience to over 160 destinations and continues to grow and expand our network.”
Qatar Airways will operate flights to Casablanca throughout the summer season. On the other hand, Marrakesh will be served as a seasonal tag, with flights from June 30 to September 11. The airlines customers can also enjoy more travel options between Doha and Casablanca through its codeshare partnership with Royal Air Maroc.
With world air travel close to pre-pandemic levels, Qatar Airways continues to expand its roots in Africa. However, a recent unfortunate turn of events has led to the suspension of some African destinations.
Due to the unrest in Sudan, the airline has discontinued its service to the North African nation. Sudan has closed its airspace, and QR announced that it would not be operating any flights on the Doha-Khartoum and Khartoum-Doha routes indefinitely. The closure of the Sudanese airspace has significantly affected many airlines as they have to reroute flights around the continent.
Source : Simple Flying