EasyJet, British Airways and TUI have scrapped their planned flights to Morocco after the north African country stopped all UK travellers from coming into the country
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Three of the country’s main airlines have cancelled flights to Morocco after the the nation banned British tourists.
EasyJet, British Airways and TUI have all scrapped their planned flights to the north African nation.
Morocco decided to ban flights from the UK from 11.59pm last night for an indefinite period due to high and rising coronavirus case numbers.
It is not the first time the African kingdom has shut out international travellers, having kept its Covid cases low for much of the pandemic with a near total flight ban.
Morocco has also halted planes arriving from Germany and the Netherlands.
EasyJet has now cancelled all flights to and from Morocco due to depart on Thursday and will contact all customers with affected trips.
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The company is flying out empty planes today from London and Manchester to bring back UK travellers before midnight.
A spokesperson for easyJet said: “We have been advised this morning by the Moroccan government that flying between the UK, Germany and the Netherlands will be suspended from 23.59 tonight until further notice.
“We are still awaiting clarity from the Moroccan authorities as to whether we are permitted to operate repatriation flights beyond midnight today.
“As a result of this decision, we will cancel our outbound flying from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands until 30 November.
“Pending guidance from the Moroccan government, we intend to fly inbound in the coming days to offer passengers repatriation flight options.
“We are contacting all customers whose flights are cancelled with their options which include a free of charge transfer, receiving a voucher or a refund.”
British Airways and TUI also cancelled Morocco-bound flights.
British Airways was due to restart about twice-weekly flights to Marrakech today.
A spokesperson for the company confirmed that customers have been offered either a full refund, voucher or rebooking when travel rules allow.
TUI said it was cancelling all flights to Marrakech and Agadir up until October 31 and has pledged to contact customers to discuss refunds.
A statement on its website said: “The Moroccan Government has notified us of a change in regulation that affects flights from the UK to Morocco from 21 October.
“We are contacting customers in departure date order to discuss their options, which include amending to another destination or a full refund. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this time.”
The UK’s Foreign Office is currently telling travellers: “The Moroccan Government has announced the suspension for an unspecified period of direct flights between Morocco and the UK (and Germany and The Netherlands) with effect from midnight 20 October.”
Trips from the UK have been banned by Morocco due to the country’s high coronavirus figures.
Over the past week just shy of 50,000 new cases were reported everyday in the UK.
Despite the widespread availability of the Covid vaccine, hospitals are under increasing pressure and hundreds of people are dying every week from the bug.
Morocco’s daily average is around 300 cases at the moment – 166 times fewer than the UK’s in a country just over half the size.