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    Air Cote d’Ivoire’s Abidjan-Casablanca Route Postponed to January 2023

    26 Oct 2022

    Rabat - Air Cote d’Ivoire has postponed the inauguration of the Abidjan-Casablanca route to January 1, 2023, according to aviation-specialized news outlet Air Journal.

    The source stated that the new route was supposed to connect Abidjan’s Felix Houphouot-Boigny airport and Casablanca’s Mohammed V International airport on November 2.

    The Ivorian national carrier plans to organize four flights per week between the two cities onboard Airbus A320 neo aircraft with a total passenger capacity of 148, including 16 business seats.

    The flights were scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. They were set to leave Abidjan at 12:05 a.m. to land in Casablanca at 5:25 a.m. with return flights from Morocco at 6:25 a.m. to reach Cote d’Ivoire at 9:45 a.m.

    On Friday, Air Cote d’Ivoire announced that it has placed an order for new Airbus aircraft to expand its fleet. The Ivorian Minister of Transport Amadaou Kone is expected to attend the official ceremony on October 25 in Toulouse alongside representatives of Air Cote d’Ivoire.

    While details on the order and the postponement of flights to Casablanca remain unclear, it is probable that some of the newly purchased Airbus aircraft would serve the Abidjan-Casablanca route.

    According to Air Journal, Air Cote d’Ivoire currently operates a fleet of nine aircraft but it appears that the Ivorian carrier is eyeing expansion into new markets, particularly in Africa, with the support of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

    By increasing its air connectivity to partners in Africa and beyond, Cote d’Ivoire aims to facilitate the mobility of businessmen and tourists to its major economic hubs such as Abidjan.

    These services further serve investors interested in the Ivorian market including Moroccan businesses. In 2019, Morocco’s investment in Africa amounted to MAD 5.4 billion ($496 million) with 13% of total investments allocated to Cote d’Ivoire.

    In 2020, Moroccan exports to the Western African country reached $250 million with mineral fertilizers being the top exported product.

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