SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 31 January 2023, Tuesday |

Morocco airline cancels World Cup fans flights, citing Qatar restrictions

The national airline of Morocco announced that it was canceling all of its booked flights for Wednesday to transport soccer fans to Doha for the World Cup semifinal, citing what it claimed to be a decision by Qatari officials.

Royal Air Maroc regrettably informed passengers of the cancellation of their flights operated by Qatar Airways in an email statement in response to the most recent limitations put in place by the Qatari authorities.

The Qatari government’s international media office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Royal Air Maroc had previously said it would lay on 30 additional flights to help fans get to Qatar for Wednesday night’s semi-final game against France but on Tuesday a source at a RAM travel agency said only 14 flights had been scheduled.

The cancellation of Wednesday’s seven scheduled flights means RAM was only able to fly the seven flights on Tuesday, leaving fans who had already booked match tickets or hotel rooms unable to travel.

RAM said it would reimburse air tickets and apologised to customers.

The RAM spokesperson did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment. Qatar Airways did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

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  • Reuters