Israeli airline to launch direct route to Marrakesh in July

Israir will launch direct flights between Israel and Morocco’s Marrakesh in July, the Israeli carrier announces, six months after the two countries reached a US-backed normalization deal.

“The first flight will take place on July 19 from Tel Aviv to Marrakesh,” says a spokeswoman for Israel’s second-biggest airline, adding there would be five flights a week.

“We believe that demand will be high, and that hundreds of thousands of Israelis will want to take advantage of these direct flights to Morocco,” Gil Stav, Israir’s deputy sales director, says in a statement.

Israir says the price of a round-trip ticket to Marrakesh will cost $580 (about 473 euros).

Morocco is home to North Africa’s largest Jewish community, which numbers around 3,000. Some 700,000 Jews of Moroccan origin live in Israel.

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