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Moroccan airline cancels flights to Qatar ahead of World Cup semi-final against France, leaving fans stranded


Morocco’s national airline canceled all its scheduled flights to Qatar on Wednesday, stranding fans hoping to be there to experience their national team’s World Cup semifinal match against France, according to reports.

Royal Air Maroc’s sudden decision comes after the airline says it received an order from Qatari officials.

“Following the restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform its customers that its partner Qatar Airways has canceled flights operated on 12/14/2022 from Casablanca to Doha as part of their codeshare partnership,” it said. The airline. he wrote on Twitter, according to Morocco World News.

Royal Air Maroc previously said it would operate an additional 30 flights to ferry fans to Qatar for Wednesday’s Morocco-France semi-final match, but on Tuesday, a source told Reuters only 14 flights were scheduled, seven of which are now They canceled on Wednesday.

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The CN-ROP Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737 makes its final approach to land at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France on March 20, 2019.
(Reuters/Regis Duvignau)

That means fans in Morocco who got match tickets or hotels and planned to leave this morning on Royal Air Maroc flights are now stranded.

Royal Air Maroc says it will reimburse those whose flights are affected.

Morocco's players celebrate after the penalty shootout during their World Cup match against Spain, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on December 6, 2022.

Morocco’s players celebrate after the penalty shootout during their World Cup match against Spain, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on December 6, 2022.
(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Fox News Digital has contacted the Qatari government for further comment.

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Morocco’s Atlas Lions have had a Cinderella run at the 2022 World Cup, conceding just once, an own goal, in the five games played before Wednesday’s semi-final against defending champions France.

Moroccan forward #19 Youssef En-Nesyri celebrates with teammate Achraf Hakimi after scoring the first goal against Portugal at Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on December 10, 2022.

Moroccan forward #19 Youssef En-Nesyri celebrates with teammate Achraf Hakimi after scoring the first goal against Portugal at Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on December 10, 2022.
(Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP via Getty Images)

The game will air at 2 pm ET on FOX, with pregame coverage beginning at 1 pm ET.



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