Royal Air Maroc, the national airline of Morocco, has unveiled a new service to Miami, Florida. The route starts on 3 April 2019. It will be the first regular passenger service from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Africa since 2000. The route will be the only passenger service that links Florida with Africa.
"I offer my congratulations and thanks to Royal Air Maroc for her decision to make Miami her first destination in Florida," said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County. "Casablanca is one of the most historic, picturesque and influential cities in Africa, and we are proud to establish this very first connection between our two world cities."
Royal Air Maroc will carry out three flights per week between Casablanca and Miami. A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will perform the service. The aircraft will have two classes, including 18 seats on business class and 255 seats in economy class.
Flights depart Casablanca at 11:20 and arrive at 19:05 in Miami. The return flight departs at 20:45 from Miami and arrives at Casablanca at 5:55 am (+1 day). All times mentioned here are in US Eastern Time.
"The announcement of Royal Air Maroc is an important milestone in the 90-year history of Miami International Airport," said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. "We have long tried to restore non-stop passenger services to Africa, and to achieve that with an airline and a destination of this caliber is an extra bonus."
Royal Air Maroc filed an application on July 26 to fly to the US Department of Transportation. The original request stated that the service "would come into effect" [Royal Air Maroc] to participate in planned foreign air transport, people, property and mail between Casablanca, Morocco (CMN) and Miami, FL (MIA). "With the application Royal Air Maroc can fly to Miami for an initial period of two years with the possibility to expand on the basis of what the Ministry of Transport" can determine ".
Royal Air Maroc was founded in 1957 after the merger of Air Atlas and Air Maroc. It is the largest airline in Morocco. Royal Air Maroc has a fleet of 55 aircraft and serves more than 90 destinations. It offers passengers flying from Miami ample access to destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East through the hub in Casablanca. Royal Air Maroc is certified as a 4-star airline and is one of only 42 airlines around the world to be honored.
Royal Air Maroc has been serving in New York and Washington for almost 40 years, D.C.
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