The airline company Royal Air Maroc is preparing a recovery plan that could involve more or less voluntary departures for a third of its employees, and the departure of the fleet of twenty Boeing and Embraer aircraft.
With a cash position that has been put at risk by the Covid-19 pandemic, and a reopening of borders that is still awaited, the national airline will not be able to escape restructuring. Citing a works council meeting held last week, the press reports on a Royal Air Maroc plan that would lead to a severe reduction in staff: among the 858 employees whose positions would be eliminated are 180 pilots, about 500 flight attendants and stewards, and ground staff employed by the subsidiary Atlas Multi Services. A call for voluntary departures would initially be launched by the management, giving preference to “employees aged 55 and over with at least 15 years of experience”, a source close to management confided to L’Economiste.
Royal Air Maroc’s fleet of 60 aircraft would also be reduced, with 20 aircraft to be sold or sub-leased; these would be four of the nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner, twelve of the 38,737 (the MAX are not specifically mentioned), and four Embraer E190s.
On the network side, the “temporary” closure of up to 26 international routes from Casablanca airport is envisaged: This would concern the Oneworld alliance airline’s routes to Cairo, Libreville, Luanda, Malabo and N’Djamena in Africa; to London, Manchester, Munich, Berlin, Porto, Zurich, Vienna, Stockholm, Athens and Copenhagen in Europe; to Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, Antalya, Doha, Riyadh and Jeddah in the Near and Middle East; to Boston, Miami, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the Americas; and to Beijing in China.
This restructuring of the RAM (on which it remains silent) would have been demanded by the Moroccan government in exchange for possible state aid, the contours of which remain unknown. A works council is planned again this week, which should bring some additional details.
Grounded since 13 March, the RAM resumed domestic flights last month; rumour still evokes a reopening of the borders, and thus a resumption of its international flights, from next Friday. In the meantime, it is continuing repatriation operations, particularly in the last few days in Canada and the Gulf States.