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Moroccan national airline delaying launch of flights to Tel Aviv

A Royal Air Maroc airplane approaching for landing at Lisbon airport flies past the Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War, in the foreground, on August 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
A Royal Air Maroc airplane approaching for landing at Lisbon airport flies past the Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War, in the foreground, on August 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Royal Air Maroc, the Moroccan national airline, says it is delaying the launch of its inaugural direct flights between Casablanca and Tel Aviv.

Last month the airline said it would launch the flights starting December 12, two days after the first anniversary of Morocco’s resumption of relations with Israel. The airline said it would offer three flights per week, later moving to five.

But with the Omicron COVID variant wreaking havoc on travel — and both Morocco and Israeli shutting their borders to foreigners — the airline says it will push off the launch to a future date.

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