Published on : Tuesday, November 3, 2020
In Rabat, the Essaouira-Mogador International Airport received a group of 74 tourists on Saturday, which is the city’s first since Morocco entered a period of lockdown, as part of the country’s efforts to perk up tourism and the national economy. Ryanair served the flight from Belgium to Essaouira.
Tourism experts held a welcome ceremony at the airport to commemorate the return of tourists to the city of Rabat. The city’s tourism council distributed flowers, protective masks, and hydroalcoholic gels to the visitors.
The acting director of Essaouira-Mogador International Airport, Mohammed Arhjol, expressed his excitement upon return of tourists.
Arhjol said that this “happy event” is of great importance and should bring “enormous hopes to tourism professionals across the province.”
The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair recently announced that it will increase its flights to and from Morocco during the winter. On October 25, Ryanair said that it will restart operations of 58 flights per week to 45 destinations.
The flights are expected to initiate revival of tourism in Morocco. The flights connect Morocco with Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and Portugal.
The arrival of the Belgian tourists in Essaouira comes after months of postponed air travel due to COVID-19. Morocco suspended all international travel on March 15 for checking the spread of the pandemic. During the lockdown, Morocco allowed special flights to bring back marooned Moroccans abroad and return foreign tourists to their home countries.
In September, Morocco allowed foreign tourists from visa-exempt countries to visit Morocco as long as they have hotel reservations. The country also allowed business people to visit the country with invitations from Moroccan companies.
Besides Essaouira, Marrakech and Agadir also welcomed their first groups of French and British tourists in October.