Qatari authorities have restricted the all additional flights scheduled by Morocco’s national airline to fly fans to Doha for Wednesday World Cup semi-final match.
“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.
Royal Air Maroc had previously said it would lay on 30 additional flights to help fans get to Qatar for Wednesday night’s semi-final game against France but on Tuesday a source at a RAM travel agency said only 14 flights had been scheduled.
The cancellation of Wednesday’s seven scheduled flights means RAM was only able to fly the seven flights on Tuesday, leaving fans who had already booked match tickets or hotel rooms stranded in Casablanca airport.
Moroccan fans who arrived on board the first flights of this airlift and met by AFP late Tuesday afternoon explained that the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) had promised them tickets which they did not receive.
RAM said it would reimburse air tickets and apologised to customers.
The Qatari government’s international media office is yet to make any public statement on the cancellation.