Rabat - There is good news for travelers. Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is set to launch a direct flight linking Casablanca and Miami in April 2019.
Rabat – There is good news for travelers. Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is set to launch a direct flight linking Casablanca and Miami in April 2019.
According to Miami International Airport (MIA), RAM will operate three weekly round-trip flights, connecting Florida’s Miami and Casablanca.
RAM selected the new-generation Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to operate the flight.
The plane accommodates 18 business class and 255 economy class passengers, according to MIA.
Flights will take off from Casablanca at 6:20 a.m. (Moroccan time) and arrive at MIA at 7:05 p.m. (Eastern time). The following day, the flight will depart MIA at 8:45 p.m. and arrive in Casablanca at 10:55 a.m.
Satisfied with the new air route, Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola said, “Royal Air Maroc’s announcement is a major milestone in the 90-year history of Miami International Airport. We have long sought to re-establish nonstop passenger service to Africa, and to accomplish that with an airline and a destination of this caliber is an added bonus.”
The airport also quoted Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who congratulated RAM for the decision.
“I offer my congratulations and thanks to Royal Air Maroc for its decision to make Miami its first destination in Florida. Casablanca is one of the most historic, picturesque and influential cities in Africa, and we are proud to establish this first-ever connection between our two world cities,” he said.
On July 26, Royal Air Maroc submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation to get approval for its Miami-Casablanca offer.
The statement from RAM said that the company requested permission to “enable it to engage in scheduled foreign air transportations, of persons, property and mail between Casablanca, Morocco (CMN) and Miami, FL (MIA).”
RAM wants to operate the flight for an initial period of two years, or more depending on what the department “may determine.”
RAM also recalled its 40 years of operating services linking Morocco with New York and Washington, D.C.
Created in 1957, RAM operates in more than 90 destinations with 55 airplanes.