Rabat – Russia is planning to launch direct air flights to several countries, including Morocco.

The country’s Federal Air Transport Agency sent a  notice to the heads of Russian airlines, according to Russian news agency TASS.

“To the airlines’ executives: I ask you to submit proposals for the development of air transportation with the following countries to the Department of Transportation Regulation and International Cooperation at the Federal Air Transport Agency by 05:00 p.m. on March 22,” says the notice.

TASS said that the proposal seeks to see the opening of flights from Russia to many countries, including: Myanmar, Malaysia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

According to TASS, the air transport agency is also “collecting proposals” to increase the number of flights from Russian destinations to Azerbaijan,  Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, India,  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Thailand, and Turkiye, among others.

Morocco has become a major hub for tourism, attracting every year millions of tourists from several countries across the world.

Russia is already operating flights via its S7 Airlines and Aeroflot to Morocco, mainly to Mohammed V Airport of Casablanca.
The Russian economy is struggling due to Western sanctions following its conflict with Ukraine and is trying to open new economic windows.
The new aviation connections with Morocco might enhance Moroccan tourism, one of the nation’s economic engines, knowing the Kingdom welcomed more than 40.000 Russian tourists in 2019.

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