Royal Air Maroc sees progress from restructuring moves

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Having reduced its staffing levels by 1,580 in a year, Royal Air Maroc says its restructuring programme is in its final stages and ahead of schedule.

The figure is 80 more than the target set by Morocco's flag carrier in a bid to help it reduce its operating costs by €100 million ($134 million) a year.

The carrier has suspended around twenty loss-making routes between Europe and Morocco, on which it faced competition from low-cost carriers, and grounded a number of aircraft. These comprise six Boeing 737s classics and two Airbus A321s, and more recent recently a further two A321s earlier this month.

But the airline is still maintaining its aircraft acquisition programme. Since November 2011 it has received four new Boeing 737-800s and expects to receive two ATR 72-600s in the coming weeks.

Royal Air Maroc says its felt the effects of the Arab Spring less severely than other North African carriers, pointing to a drop of in traffic of only 2% during the crisis in comparison to the previous year.