Why did Royal Air Maroc cancel all flights to the World Cup semi-final in Doha?

Why did Royal Air Maroc cancel all flights to the Doha World Cup Semi-Final?

The airline previously announced that it plans to operate up to 30 special flights to bring as many Moroccan football fans as possible to Qatar ahead of the match to be played on Wednesday, December 14, at 22:00 Moscow time.

On Tuesday, Royal Air Maroc managed to operate 10 single flights to Doha on wide-body aircraft, including the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

However, already on Wednesday morning a representative of the national carrier said that all remaining flights on the day of the match are canceled due to new restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities.

Royal Air Maroc leased aircraft from the Spanish charter carrier Wamos Airlines, and also used its own twin-body aircraft, and, according to unverified information, hoped to also lease the Qatar Airways fleet.

“Due to the latest restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform customers of the cancellation of their flights,” — The airline said in a statement.

Morocco's national football team on Sunday became the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup after beating Portugal 1-0.

Thousands of Moroccans fans wanted to go to Qatar to cheer for their team at the Al Bayt stadium; on Wednesday evening, but now many will be left disappointed.

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