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Rabat Ignores Algeria’s Decision on Closing Airspace to Moroccan Aviation

Rabat Ignores Algeria’s Decision on Closing Airspace to Moroccan Aviation

Friday, 24 September, 2021 - 06:30
A picture shows a Royal Air Maroc branch in the Algerian capital Algiers on September 23, 2021. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Morocco did not respond on Thursday to Algeria’s decision to close its airspace to all Moroccan aircraft.


Algeria's supreme security council decided on Wednesday to close the country's airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft, the Algerian presidency said, less than a month after it cut diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.


The decision came "in view of the continued provocations and hostile practices on the Moroccan side", it said in a statement.


The closure also includes any aircraft carrying a Moroccan registration number, the presidency said after a meeting of the council.


A source at Royal Air Maroc told Reuters the closure would only affect 15 flights weekly linking Morocco with Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt.


The source described the closure as insignificant and said the relevant flights could reroute over the Mediterranean.


The airline gave no official comment on the Algerian decision.


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