MOROCCO – Iberia, a Spanish airline, has announced in a statement its decision to resume air routes to Morocco this month with three flights to Casablanca per week.

The Iberia Regional Air Nostrum will serve the destination in Morocco through 100-seat flights. Spanish outlet EFE said the new schedule will also serve connections between Europe and Latin America.

The company increased its air routes to operate in more than 75 destinations including Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Iberia’s increased operations represent over 70% of the airports it served pre-COVID-19, EFE added.

The decision to increase air routes, including to Morocco, comes as people around the world prepare to celebrate Hanukkah starting December 10 and Christmas on December 25.

Morocco is among the countries that sustained significant impacts from the pandemic and its global economic repercussions.

The country decided to close its borders in mid-March, suspending international and domestic flights two weeks after recording Morocco’s first case of COVID-19 on March 2. Morocco also entered a state of emergency on March 20 to reinforce preventive measures to counter the spread of the pandemic.

Only Royal Air Maroc cargo flights were operational amid the state of emergency. In June, however, Morocco began to ease lockdown measures to revive the national economy. Borders opened to tourists from visa-exempt countries in September.

With the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Morocco continues to alert airlines and travelers to abide by all preventive measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Spanish full-service carrier is restoring its meal service on all long and medium-haul flights. The companies catering provider DO&CO has come up with a Mediterranean diet inspired menu that uses locally sourced and seasonal products where possible. The new food offerings will also be presented with Iberia’s new tableware and linen.

Coinciding with Iberia’s new food offerings is the reopening of the Dali lounge at the airline’s main hub at Madrid Airport’s Terminal 4. Passengers using the lounge will notice the enhanced cleaning and disinfection put in place to ensure health safety.

Iberia certainly seems to be trying to return to its pre-COVID-19 flight schedule as quickly as possible and is right to promote and focus on its routes to Latin and South America.

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