The first passengers from the estimated 3,000 Spanish nationals and residents who were stranded in Morocco after the Moroccan government abruptly closed travel links between the two countries on 31st March is due to leave Rabat later this afternoon, Sunday 4th April for Barajas Airport.
The Morocan goverment closed the borders due to the rising incident rate of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Spain.
The Iberia Airbus A350 aircraft which has a capacity of 348 passengers is being provided by the Spanish government is scheduled to arrive in Madrid at 1920 this evening.
Since the start of the pandemic the Spanish government have provided around 50 repatriation flights from countries within the European Union, as well as the United States, Austrialia and the Philipines.
Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, avoided any condemnation of the Moroccan announcement saying “when this happens it is useless to pick up the phone and call the Government to solve the problem” and that “we all have to be tremendously responsible. In these moments of so much uncertainty in the borders and in the conditions of access to other countries, the best thing is to abstain from traveling. It is the most prudent thing to do.”