The airline says it has been ‘forced’ into the move until at least February 1, 2022, over ‘a lack of clarity from the Moroccan Government’.
The north African nation banned all arriving flights from November 29 to December 13 – but Ryanair says the Moroccan authorities are ‘yet to engage’ with airlines on what happens after that date.
Israel and Japan have brought in similarly severe bans. No word yet from the Moroccan government on whether or not the travel ban will be extended.
Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been spreading around the world, and countries are enacting new travel restrictions in an effort to stop it. Only 90 cases were reported in Morocco in the last 24 hours, compared to 50,000 in the United Kingdom.
160,000 customers have been affected so far, Ryanair says, and another 230,000 passengers will be affected by the airline’s decision to cancel its scheduled flights.
During the pandemic, the airline allegedly operated ‘ghost flights,’ carrying no passengers, in an apparent attempt to avoid refunds at great environmental cost.