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Turbulent Winds Disrupt Air Travel Across Morocco

Saturday 10 February 2024 - 09:55
Turbulent Winds Disrupt Air Travel Across Morocco

A fierce windstorm swept through Morocco on Friday, unleashing chaos on air travel operations nationwide. The National Airports Office spokesperson reported that adverse weather conditions led to the cancellation of 17 flights and the diversion of 16 others to alternative airports.

This storm wreaked havoc on airports across the country, severely impeding air traffic. Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca bore the brunt of the onslaught, with four incoming flights rerouted and two outbound flights grounded. Tangier's Ibn Battuta Airport faced five cancellations and six diversions.

Other airports grappled with significant disruptions. Oujda's Angads Airport saw one incoming flight rerouted and another canceled. Al Aroui Airport in Nador coped with two redirected incoming flights and five canceled departures. Tetouan's Sania Ramel Airport witnessed three diverted incoming flights and two canceled outbound flights.

Domestic travel also suffered, with single flight cancellations at Al Hoceima and Errachidia airports.

In addition to disrupting air travel, the powerful winds brought moderate to heavy rains across much of the country. Meteorologists also predicted snowfall in the Atlas Mountains and a drop in temperatures nationwide over the weekend.

Morocco is still grappling with the aftermath of this fierce windstorm, which disrupted air travelers and infrastructure alike on Friday. However, forecasters anticipate that the worst is behind us, with remnants of the storm expected to dissipate by early next week.

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