Moroccan airline cancels World Cup flights ahead of France match

Royal Air Maroc had been set to run 30 additional fan flights to Qatar for Wednesday's game

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Morocco's national airline has cancelled all flights it had scheduled for Wednesday to carry fans to Doha for the World Cup semi-final.

Royal Air Maroc cited what it said was a decision by Qatari authorities, Reuters reported.

“Following the latest restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform customers of the cancellation of their flights operated by Qatar Airways,” the airline said.

The Qatari government's international media office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Royal Air Maroc had said on Tuesday that it had “scheduled 30 flights operated by wide-body aircraft for Tuesday and Wednesday”, for Wednesday night's match against France.

On Tuesday, a source at a Royal Air Maroc travel agency said only 14 flights had been scheduled.

The airline also said that supporters who took Royal Air Maroc flights to Doha would be able to change their return date without any cost or penalty.

Morocco are guaranteed another game after the semi-final — either the final on Sunday or the third-place play-off on Saturday.

The cancellation of Wednesday's scheduled flights — said to be seven services — means fans who had already booked match tickets and hotel rooms have been unable to travel.

Royal Air Maroc said it would reimburse air tickets.

Officials from Royal Air Maroc and flight operator Qatar Airways did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Updated: December 14, 2022, 11:45 AM