Chinese tourists currently fly through the Middle East or Europe to visit Morocco.
Rabat – A direct flight connecting Morocco and China is set to open between the end of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) director general, Adel El Fakir, told a press conference in Casablanca on Tuesday.
“Chinese tourists [traveling to Morocco] have to transit through the Middle East or Europe. Opening a direct line can boost the growth of this promising market,” said El Fakir.
The new flight would connect Beijing, Shanghai, or both to Casablanca. El Fakir did not reveal which airline would operate the route.
Moroccan Minister of Transport and Tourism Mohammed Sajid, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) administrator, Feng Zhenglin, met in September to discuss an air transport agreement and a direct flight.
Over the past three years, the number of Chinese tourists in Morocco rose exponentially from 15,000 to nearly 180,000, following the relaxation of Moroccan visa restrictions.