Royal Air Maroc sheds 1,500 jobs under restructuring programme

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Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is in the process of restructuring its operations in a bid to shave €100 million ($134 million) a year from its operating costs.

Speaking to Flightglobal Pro at the African Airline Association's (AFRAA) 43rd annual general assembly in Marrakech, RAM chief executive Driss Benhima said the restructuring has meant the carrier has had to reduce its staff by 1,500 employees. A total of 891 members of staff have left the company so far.

As part of the restructuring process, Benhima said the airline "decided to stop the routes where we have strong competition that are not profitable, where we have a lot of low-cost companies competing with us, such as Marrakech-Geneva, Marrakech-London, Agadir-Brussels. They are good routes, but there is too much competition so we withdrew".

In addition, the carrier "sold all our old planes, plus our Airbus A321s, because we had only four of them".