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Eid al-Fitr: storming bus stations | Konso News

Eid al-Fitr: storming bus stations |  Konso News

In the last days before Eid al-Fitr, bus stations in various cities of the Kingdom are witnessing a huge influx of travelers who are nothing like the joyful moments of family gatherings on the occasion of this religious holiday.

Travelers with their bags and bags looking for their buses or in the waiting room, others looking for tickets, stores are always open selling mobile packing packets, water bottles and other food, or taxi drivers watching potential customers at the exit of stations, this is the atmosphere that distinguishes These structures and their surroundings.

Atmosphere Turning the flight of some passengers into a real headache, in light of the scenes of chaos and turmoil, to the dismay of a large number of citizens wishing to join their families on this special occasion.

On the ticket side, informed travelers choose to book online, while those who intend to buy on the spot, find all the problems, especially in the face of endless and sometimes poorly organized queues in front of the counters, middlemen who take advantage of the opportunity to increase their commissions and run the risk of running into full coaches . Therefore, a simple trip to his hometown is often a real obstacle course!

And this is how the alternative to online booking, which is attracting more and more Moroccans at the expense of the classic circle, is intended to be cost- and time-efficient.

Disappointed with professional abuse and a lack of organization in these busy periods, Issam, a Casablanca-based executive, chose to book the flight to Ouarzazate, his hometown, differently.

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While scrolling on social media, Issam was seduced by the sheer flexibility offered by the online bus ticket booking site, an innovative method that continues to gain ground as residents become increasingly connected.

“A few days before my scheduled flight for Sunday, I was able to get a ticket at a reasonable price, without having to go to the ticket office or pay an additional amount to an intermediary to secure my seat,” he told MAP.

“It is great that digitization extends even to bus stations, it saves us a lot of stress,” said Essam, who now intends to book all his upcoming trips via this app.

Like structured passenger carriers that have been able to digitize their offerings, smaller operators are becoming aware of the importance of making this digital transformation, by partnering with specialized apps to sell their tickets online.

This new trend gained momentum after the outbreak of the Covid-19 health crisis, as digital transactions broke all records, against the backdrop of strict containment and social distancing measures.

Prices: high oil prices, carriers in distress

While health and mobility restrictions have been greatly eased, the recent hike in fuel prices has once again upset the accounts of transportation professionals, who are struggling with rising operating costs, which could have repercussions on their prices.

Keen to preserve the purchasing power of citizens, the government launched in March an exceptional support operation for professionals in the road transport sector, targeting about 180,000 vehicles.

In the face of the continuous rise in fuel prices, the government recently decided to allocate exceptional additional support to workers in the field of road transport, “to avoid any disruption in the transportation cost of citizens and in freight transportation prices.”

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Car sharing…a thriving ecological situation

In the face of the intense pressure on bus stations, Moroccans are increasingly adept at using shared cars, a modern and ecological concept of travel, in which a car driver shares the cost of his or her trip with one or more passengers.

On dedicated car-sharing platforms, offers to many destinations do not lack, as fares defy conventional competition, to delight travelers unhappy with traditional transportation.

C’est l’exemple de Reda, 30 ans, qui est parmi ceux ayant choisi de voyager via une application de covoiturage, laquelle lui permet d’entrer en contact avec plusieurs conducteurs effectuant son trajet et de négocier contribution le montant de from traveling.

“I have been using car sharing for my personal travels for a few years now. In addition to the convenience and freedom of traveling by car, I made new friends through car sharing.”

source: a map