A significant development in the African aviation landscape, Air Sénégal and Royal Air Maroc have recently signed a memorandum of understanding in Casablanca, cementing a strategic alliance between the two nations. This partnership not only signifies an increase in flight options but also offers enhanced ticket purchasing convenience for travelers through either airline.
This collaboration translates into an expanded flight network, additional flight schedules, and, consequently, more connectivity possibilities for passengers. Both Casablanca and Dakar serve as major regional hubs, making this alliance a pivotal move in bolstering regional air travel.
The cooperation between Air Sénégal and Royal Air Maroc further solidifies with the establishment of a “codeshare” agreement. This arrangement allows customers to book tickets with either airline and seamlessly travel on either carrier.
Beyond flight operations, the partnership encompasses various other areas of collaboration, including maintenance, training, and the digitalization of services.
The countries of Senegal and Morocco share robust diplomatic and economic ties, considering each other as “brotherly nations.” Morocco has pursued a longstanding strategy of south-south cooperation, which aligns with its commitment to strengthening regional partnerships.
Royal Air Maroc has maintained a presence in Senegal since 1958, marking the inauguration of the Casablanca-Dakar route. It stands as one of the most active African airlines in Senegal, second only to Air Sénégal, and aims to establish itself as a reference point within the African aviation landscape.
Air Sénégal, on the other hand, was founded in 2016 and aspires to assume a leadership role in the West African market. However, the airline has faced financial and technical challenges in recent months, making this partnership with Royal Air Maroc a strategic move toward overcoming these hurdles and strengthening its position in the region.