Air traffic at Morocco airports down 70.79 pct in Jan.-Oct.

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-21 20:21:38|Editor: huaxia

RABAT, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Morocco's airports recorded 6,144,004 passengers during the first 10 months of 2020, down 70.79 percent year on year, the Moroccan Airports Authority said Saturday in a statement.

The drop in traffic is mainly due to the suspension of national and international flights since March 15 amid COVID-19 spread in the country.

The North African country had resumed domestic flights on June 25, and in September allowed foreigners exempt from obtaining a visa to enter the country with either an invitation or a confirmed hotel reservation, and a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of the passenger's departure.

The state carrier Royal Air Maroc has approved plans to cut jobs and sell 20 aircraft in order to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

The Moroccan government also granted a package of 650 million U.S. dollars in loans and subsidies to the company.

Morocco on Friday registered 4,706 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally in the country to 316,260. Enditem