Reopening of borders: first calm day at airports, smooth reception

The first travelers were received Monday at various airports in Morocco. According to numerous testimonies collected on the spot, the health control operation took place in complete fluidity, taking advantage of a digital system for monitoring travelers from the decent of the plane until leaving the airport. After more than two months of closure, Morocco reopened its airspace on Monday. A decision greeted with relief by tourism operators and Moroccan nationals abroad, some of whom have been stranded for weeks due to the latest wave of the Omicron variant. The arrival and departure of passengers on the first flights were carefully monitored by the competent services, in particular the National Airports Office (ONDA) and its various partners, a sign of the interest shown in the resumption of air traffic. At Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, an Air Arabia plane from Toulouse landed on Monday February 7 at 12:20 p.m. As soon as they got off the plane, the Moroccans residing abroad (MRE) did not hide their great joy at finding their country of origin, their loved ones and their family. In compliance with the protocol put in place by the Ministry of Health, the check is carried out in two stages, the first just after the plane has landed with a document check minimizing the waiting time and consisting of the check the PCR and the vaccination pass. Passengers are then invited to pass through the test area to undergo a rapid test and leave without waiting, explained Mohamed Moussif, chief medical officer at Mohammed V airport. And to note that as soon as the test proves positive, the passenger is informed and required to confine himself. This entire operation has been digitized, which saves travelers considerable time, underlines the manager. At Rabat-Salé international airport, a first aircraft from the national company Royal Air Maroc took off from the airport around 6:00 a.m. bound for Marseille with 57 passengers on board, airport authorities said. A second Air France plane then landed around 10 a.m. at the same aerodrome from Paris Charles de Gaulle.