Algeria closes its airspace to Moroccan aircraft, Morocco's airline: few flights will be affected

Algeria's closure of its airspace to Moroccan aircraft from Wednesday night will affect only 15 flights per week to Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt, a source at Royal Air Maroc told Reuters.

The same source, who asked not to be identified, described the impact on the company as not significant and said that the flights in question had changed their course to pass over the Mediterranean.

Algeria had announced, Wednesday, to close the country's airspace to Moroccan civil and military aviation, less than a month after severing diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.

The Algerian presidency said in a statement that the decision comes in light of the "continued provocations and hostile practices from the Moroccan side."

The Algerian presidency added, after a council meeting, that the closure also includes any plane bearing Moroccan registration numbers.

Late last month, Algeria decided to sever diplomatic relations with Morocco, citing "hostile acts" by the Kingdom, especially after statements made by Morocco's envoy in New York supporting self-determination for the Kabylie region in Algeria. Morocco said it regretted Algeria's decision.

Algeria also accused Rabat of supporting the Movement for the Self-Determination of Kabylie (Al-Mak), a separatist group declared a terrorist organization by the government.

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