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World Cup: Moroccan airline cancels flights to Qatar

BY: bbc.com
World Cup: Moroccan airline cancels flights to Qatar
World Cup: Moroccan airline cancels flights to Qatar

 Hundreds of Atlas Lions fans in Morocco have been left disappointed after flights scheduled to depart for Doha on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final were cancelled.

Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the country's national airline, had laid on an extra 14 planes on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet the demand to travel to Qatar for the match against France.

However, the seven flights due to leave on Wednesday have been cancelled, with RAM citing a decision by Qatari authorities.

"Following the latest restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform customers of the cancellation of their flights operated by Qatar Airways," the airline said in an emailed statement.

The decision meant some supporters who had already booked match tickets or hotel rooms were unable to travel.

RAM said it would reimburse air tickets and apologised to customers.