Jerusalem, Unidentified: Israir announced on Tuesday that direct flights between Israel and Marrakesh, Morocco, will begin in July, six months after the two countries concluded a US-backed normalization agreement.
“The first flight will take place on July 19 from Tel Aviv to Marrakesh,” said a spokeswoman for Israel’s second-biggest airline, adding there would be five services a week.
“We believe that demand will be high and that hundreds of thousands of Israelis will want to take advantage of these direct flights to Morocco,” Gil Stav, Israir’s deputy sales director, said in a statement.
Morocco, along with Bahrain, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, was one of four regional countries to normalize relations with Israel in 2020.
Former US President Donald Trump’s administration recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, a disputed and split former Spanish province.
In December 2020, Israel’s top airline, El Al, launched the first direct commercial route between Tel Aviv and Rabat.
A return ticket to Marrakesh, according to Israir, will cost $580. (about 473 euros).
Morocco is home to the largest Jewish community in North Africa, with a population of over 3,000 people. In Israel, there are around 700,000 Moroccan-born Jews.
The Palestinians have called the normalization accords between Arab governments and Israel a “betrayal,” believing that the process can only be addressed once the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.