Maritime traffic in Tangier is slowly and surely resuming

Nearly 116,000 passengers and more than 28,100 vehicles crossed the Strait from Spain to the two ports of the city of Tangier (Tangier Med and Tanger Ville) indicated the Minister Delegate in charge of relations with the parliament, government spokesperson, Mustapha Baitas, during a press briefing at the end of the Council of Government, meeting as every Thursday under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.

The ministerial meeting also took note of the air services agreement, signed on March 17, 2022 in Rabat, between the governments of Morocco and the Philippines, with a draft law approving an agreement to facilitate the development of air services between our two countries. That said, and to come back to the sea, 78,497 passengers and 22,918 vehicles have entered through Tanger Med and 65,684 passengers and 18,708 vehicles have left since the opening of the borders. In the same way, with regard to Tangier City, there are 38,292 passengers and 5,210 vehicles to have trodden there bitumens and other infrastructures for outings. 35,967 passengers and an identical figure for vehicles, that’s the data.

Maritime traffic between Spain and Morocco is gradually regaining its lost automatisms for two years during the suspension of maritime traffic for causes ranging from Dame Covid and many other things. This episode being, we are moving towards a new impetus to our relations tarnished by these incidents of History that on both sides we will try to overcome. Mustapha Baitas, while indicating the figures of the volumes recorded at the level of maritime traffic between Morocco and Spain, in particular at the level of the two ports of Tangier, was optimistic and confident about the Marhaba 2022 operation, of which he predicts the total success with regard to the preparations which are going well on one side and on the other of the bank.

To this end and in order to better prepare for this event so dear to Moroccans, substantial investments have been made. Thus, for Tanger Med, an envelope estimated at 150 million dirhams (MDH) was endorsed to prepare the transit operation, in the best possible way to ensure fluidity and health security, through the reinforcement of reception, comfort and control capacities. The number of check-in counters at the ferry terminal, meanwhile, has been increased from 10 to 16, in addition to the deployment of 32 counters for passengers with vehicles.

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