First passenger flight takes off from Tel Aviv for Morocco

The first direct commercial flights between Israel and Morocco departed from Ben Gurion Airport this morning some seven months after the two countries agreed to normalize relations. El Al laid out the ‘red carpet’ to passengers departing for Marrakesh. i 24 News reports (with thanks: Ruth)

A Moroccan welcome awaited the first passengers to board the El Al flight to Marrakesh

Israir flight number 6H61 took off at 8:15 am local time for the six-hour flight to Marrakech Menara Airport.

Moroccan musicians greeting passengers arriving on the first flight to Marrakesh from Tel Aviv.

El Al flight number LY553 was set to take off at 11:20 am local time.

Sunday’s trips are technically the second and third direct commercial flights between the two countries following the reestablishment of diplomatic ties in December.

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