Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics has announced that ticket prices for the ferry between Morocco and Spain have been reduced.
The announcement followed several demonstrations by Moroccans living overseas (MREs) at departure points against ticket prices.
Prices for the ferry between Tangier and Tarifa and between Tanger-Med and Algeciras will be reduced, following negotiations between the concerned parties.
The ministry said in a July 18 statement that the decision was taken following a meeting between the merchant navy and shipowners who operate the lines, as well as representatives of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity.
With the onset of the summer season, Moroccans residing abroad had urged authorities to take action on the cost of ferry tickets, which had increased by 30 percent compared to 2017.
The ministry said that now a one-way trip for a vehicle and four passengers is set at MAD 1,720, while a round trip is MAD 2,820.
Two weeks ago, Secretary of State for Transport Mohamed Najib Boulif shared a statement from the ministry showing ticket prices for each crossing point on Facebook.
The official also said that the ministry was closely monitoring the situation and communicating with the ferry companies.
The ministry’s decision falls within the framework of the “Marhaba 2018” operation launched every year in Morocco to welcome home returning Moroccan expats for the summer.
The operation started this year on June 5 and will continue until September 15.