Public aid for Royal Air Maroc

Par ediallo - 25 June, 2021 - 16:06

The airline Royal Air Maroc will receive an envelope of 235 million euros to compensate for the losses of Operation Marhaba which had seen it offer exceptional reduced fares.

Since the sale launched ten days ago by the Moroccan national airline of more than 3 million seats at reduced and fixed fares to allow the Moroccan diaspora to return home "at a reasonable cost", we had heard mostly complaints from passengers who could not access or had seen their flight cancelled.

But this operation also had an economic cost for RAM (and the maritime operators), which the government will compensate by a global subsidy of 4.5 billion dirhams, of which 2.5 billion dirhams for RAM (about 423 million euros in total).

The head of government Saad Dine El Otmani was explained to Parliament according to the efforts made by the government and Royal Air Maroc "to encourage Moroccans living abroad (MRE) to return to theirs this summer, especially with regard to discounts on airfares, maritime links and hotel rates.

According to him, the Kingdom pays special attention to this diaspora, and the success of the Marhaba operation is a challenge "to succeed in the summer of 2021 and participate in the revival of the tourism sector.

If the lifting of some of the travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed RAM to relaunch a number of international routes (with already additional flights planned and complete from Bologna, Milan, Brussels, Paris-CDG, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux or Lyon).

Last July, the company announced a restructuring plan that would lead to the departure of a third of its staff and about 20 aircraft.

Thierry Blancmont