Royal Air Maroc plans 30 flights to carry Moroccan soccer fans to Qatar

Moroccan player dribbling the ball past Portugal players. /Getty Images

Morocco’s national career Royal Air Maroc will operate 30 special flights to carry soccer fans from Casablanca to Doha for the country’s Wednesday World Cup semifinal game against France, the airline said on Monday.

The flights would depart on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said.

To the delight of Moroccans, and not just soccer fans, the country has become the first in Africa ever to qualify for the World Cup semifinals.

Passengers on the promotional priced round trips will add to the thousands of Moroccans who are already attending the soccer tournament in Doha.

Morocco became the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals with a thrilling 1-0 win over Portugal on December 10. It will take on the defending champions France in the Wednesday semi-final.

(With input from agencies)