The first direct air link between Casablanca and Athens was launched on Thursday by the national airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM). A RAM plane from Casablanca landed on Thursday night at Athens International Airport, marking the launch of this direct line between the two cities.
The new service, which reinforces the presence of the national carrier in Europe, will be scheduled twice a week (Thursday and Saturday).
It will also connect Athens to Africa and America networks through the hub of Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.
A large ceremony was organized at the Athens International Airport to celebrate this event, in the presence of the Moroccan official delegation who was aboard the inaugural flight including officials of several public bodies and economic operators, as well as representatives of several Moroccan and Greek media.
According to RAM officials, this link will also boost tourist flows between Greece and Morocco and connect Athens to more than 19 destinations in the Kingdom.
The schedule of Roundtrip flights offers suitable conditions for travelers in terms of comfort.
Indeed, flights departing from Casablanca International Airport are scheduled at 12:05 with arrival in Athens at 18:05 (local time).
Regarding the flight from Athens, it takes off at 19:05 (local time) for an arrival in Casablanca at 9:30 pm.
RAM’s initiative to launch this new service is part of the national company’s development strategy aimed in particular at bringing the European and African continents closer together.
On the occasion of the launch of the new line, a gala evening was organized by RAM in partnership with the Moroccan Embassy in Athens to celebrate this event.
Speaking on this occasion, Habiba Laklalech, Deputy Director General of RAM, highlighted the interest of this new line for the development of tourism in “the two friendly countries”. The new Casablanca-Athens route targets individual customers, group and business travel as well as the African diaspora wishing to travel to countries of origin, Laklalech said.
She also pointed out that the Casablanca hub has an ideal location and the RAM network connects Greece with 33 destinations in Africa and all other destinations in the US, Canada and Brazil among others.
For his part, the Moroccan ambassador to Athens, Samir Addahre, noted the importance of the new line which, he said, “is an effective tool for promoting relations with Greece and the Balkan countries”.
This initiative is extremely important for the Kingdom in that it will encourage tourism from both sides and promote investment and trade especially that in economic terms Greece is developing positively, added the diplomat.
A new dynamic will start with the opening of this line which will also facilitate the journey to the Kingdom to the Moroccan community established in Greece which has nearly 4000 members.