Royal Air Maroc and El Al Israel Airlines signed a code-share agreement today in Tel Aviv, in a ceremony organized on the sidelines of Royal Air Maroc’s inaugural flight between Casablanca and Tel Aviv, and was chaired by Hamid ADDOU, CEO of the Royal Air Maroc and Avigal SOREQ, CEO of EL AL Airlines.
Effective today, March 14, the new strategic partnership will involve a first phase, direct flights between Morocco and Israel operated by the two companies between Morocco and Israel.
EL AL schedules regular flights between Tel Aviv and Marrakech at three rotations per week, while Moroccan flag carrier, with its inaugurated direct air route linking Casablanca to Tel Aviv will begin with four weekly frequencies to be increased to five depending on demand.
This agreement will make it possible to offer customers of both companies more seamless options between Marrakech, Casablanca and Tel-Aviv and will link the networks of the two companies with more fluid connections thanks to the possibility of End-to-end passenger and baggage check-in.
This agreement is only a first milestone in the cooperation of the two companies which have set themselves the objective of offering their codeshare customers a wider choice of destinations, more practical connections beyond the of both companies and an optimized customer experience.
“We are very pleased to conclude this important partnership with EL AL which will contribute to the reinforcement of our traffic, and will make it possible to offer our passengers a connection to additional destinations as well as a better customer journey thanks to the optimized connections and the operations of end-to-end check-in, with international assistance in the airports of the networks operated by the two companies”, emphasizes Hamid ADDOU.
“We are delighted with this partnership concluded between the two official flag carriers of the two countries in the field of air transport”, indicates Mr. Avigal SOREQ. This collaboration, he continues, “is a great achievement achieved in a relatively short time since the conclusion of the Abraham Accords which made it possible to establish official relations. For Israelis, this partnership will provide them with an additional and diversified travel offer to destinations in Morocco and Africa. Israelis appreciate the tourist destination of Morocco and we are confident that Moroccans will also be attracted to Israel as an attractive tourist destination.”
Last year, the two companies inked an MOU to explore opportunities during the 77th General Assembly of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Boston.
This came after Morocco, the United States and Israel signed a joint declaration to re-establish diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel.
The declaration also authorised the re-establishment of direct air connectivity between the two states and laid the foundations for a stronger bilateral air transport relationship.