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Moroccan national carrier to launch direct Casablanca-Tel Aviv flights

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)

RABAT, Morocco — Morocco’s national carrier Royal Air Maroc says it will start regular direct flights to Israel, taking off a year after the kingdom normalized ties with the Jewish state.

The service linking the countries’ respective commercial capitals Casablanca and Tel Aviv will take off on December 12, two days after the first anniversary of Morocco’s “resumption of relations” with Israel under a deal brokered by the former US administration.

The service aims to “respond to the needs of the Moroccan community in Israel which has strong links with its country of origin,” the airline says in a statement carried by the official MAP news agency.

“It also aims to allow tourists and businesspeople to travel between Morocco and Israel,” it says.

The airline says it will offer three flights per week, later moving to five.

The decision comes after the first direct commercial flight between the countries, by Israeli airline Israir, landed in Marrakesh in July.

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