MACCA recently circulated this petition. I initially thought it was interesting so I did my due vigilance in circulating to a wider Moroccan audience especially in facebook, a booming space with Moroccan students and professionals. Then soon after, and in facebook, a similar petition started circulating with the same wordings (copy/paste) of a Moroccan association in the west coast (California) attempting to collect signatures to convince la RAM for a direct flight from Cali to Morocco. I said to myself, hmm, this actually makes more sense than the Boston petition given the continent-wide stop they have to make now at JFK then hop on to Casa whereas Boston is 30 or 40 minutes max away from JFK flying and about 5 hours driving.
I then decided to peek at the number of signatures in the Boston petition, and it is now at 360 something. That's probably just about 1 plane worth of passengers. Many of these signatures indicate they have familly members, maybe an average of 3. But still, most of them indicate that they travel to Morocco once every two years. It was surprising to me to see some claim that they travel 5 times a year! it could be true for a few businessmen in the import/export trade, but hard to believe for an ordinary person.
At any case, I don't mean to discourage the petition or people from signing it, I am just trying to be the devil's advocate and question where the viability of this proposition lies for la RAM. In addition, even if la RAM approves to this idea, doesn't the US government have a strong say into this? wouldn't this open a whole new can of worms "or nightmware" for the homeland security immigration logistics for yet another port that receives passengers from Morocco?
Also, what other methods MACCA are using to collect backing data? are they contacting travel agencies across New England for the number of requests they get for vacations in Morocco? for the number of New England tourists that vacation in Morocco?
All in all, I'm all for avoiding that extra hop to JFK, since I yet have to take the next flight from Casa to sweet home of Gharnati melodies Oujda. Except for this summer, I'm planning something different. A flight from Logan Boston to Paris, then Paris Oujda, and when you come out of the parking lot in Angad Airport Oujda, you have two turn choices to take:
1. LEFT will take me to Oujda. A welcoming open oven, best in town!
2. RIGHT will take me to golden meditteranean sands, clear warm blue waters, sunshine, begnet, music, grilled sardines, paellas, music, and a crowd of Moroccan immigrants from all over Europe.
So which turn do you guess I'll take?