Rabat - Royal Air Maroc saw double-digit passenger growth in November due to the tourism boost the kingdom received from the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Marrakech this month, according to data the airline shared with Medias24.
Rabat – Royal Air Maroc saw double-digit passenger growth in November due to the tourism boost the kingdom received from the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Marrakech this month, according to data the airline shared with Medias24.
The event, held from the 7th to the 18th of November, caused RAM’s business to ramp up for the first three weeks of the month, due to 20,000 members of foreign delegations who attended COP22. Journalists, climate experts, businessmen and government representatives took advantage of the 30,000 extra seats RAM made available on its regular routes during the conference.
Flights to, from and in between Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakesh increased in frequency to support 360,000 passengers between the 1st and 21st of November– marking a 14 percent increase in traffic from the same month last year.
The most popular international port of entry was the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, which saw a ten percent increase in transit. Flights linking the business center to Marrakech experienced 117 percent traffic growth, carrying 24,000 passengers in total.
RAM reported an eleven percent jump in foreigners entering Morocco during COP22 at Bab Ighli, from 260,000 visitors in November last year to 290,000 in the same period in 2016.
The offset the carbon emissions caused by the transport of world leaders and their delegations to COP22, RAM contributed to the November 12th National Day of Reforestation, during which Moroccans and foreigners planted one million trees in the kingdom. The airline will work with the Moroccan High Commission for Water and Forests to continue the new annual tradition.
RAM has also been purchasing climate-friendly aircraft technology to reduce pollutants released from their core business activity.