Two of Israel’s airlines launched direct flights to Morocco today. Flag carrier El Al and the country’s third-largest operator Israir both landed in Marrakesh following breakthroughs in foreign relations between Israel and Morocco.
A new climate between the nations
These launches follow a catalyzing event last December when El Al operated a special flight between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion (TLV) Airport to Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA). The flight carried a joint US-Israeli delegation amid the process of normalising relations between Israel and Morocco.
Last year, there was a series of progressive steps when it came to peace agreements between Israel and several other nations. Notably, there were new flight paths announced and launched amid the cooling of tensions.
Moreover, the action has been continuing this month with El Al and Etihad announcing the launch of a new codeshare agreement. With this momentum, flights to Morocco from Israel now look to be the new normal.
Heading across the Mediterranean Sea
According to RadarBox.com, El Al flight LY553 left Tel Aviv at 11:21 IDT arrived at Marrakech’s Menara Airport at 15:31 WEST. The Boeing 787-9, passed over the south of Italy before approaching Morocco.
Israir flight 6H61 left Tel Aviv earlier, at 08:41 IDT. The Airbus A320-232 then touched down at Marrakech at 13:21 WEST.