Airports in Morocco

AIRPORTS IN MOROCCO

 

Morocco has a wide network of international airports spread throughout the geography. You can find more detailed information here. Among the airports in Morocco, the main international airports ordered by the number of annual passengers are the following:

 

Airports in Morocco. Mohammed V – Casablanca Nouaceur

 

With 10,306,293 passengers in 2019, Casablanca airport is the main airport in Morocco in terms of annual passenger volume. Airport passenger traffic has been growing in the last decade, except in 2012. In Africa, Casablanca airport is among the five busiest airports on the continent.

 

It is the main hub for the national airline Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly, Air Arabia Maroc and RAM Express. About the name: Casablanca airport is named after the late Sultan Mohammed V of Morocco. Casablanca airport is the largest airport in Morocco and has a network of approximately 100 destinations served by more than 30 connections, with Africa being the continent with the most connections.

 

TERMINALS

There are two operational terminals at Casablanca airport: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 3 is currently out of service:

Terminal 1: Terminal 1 is intended to transport / depart national and international flights.

Terminal 2: Terminal 2 exclusively serves international flights.

 

AIRLINES AND DESTINATIONS

Casablanca airport is the hub of Royal Air Maroc, Air Arabia Maroc, Jetairfly and RAM Express. There are over 30 routes with routes to / from the airport with almost 100 destinations, with Paris, Jeddah, Agadir, Dubai, Marrakech being the busiest routes. Royal Air Maroc is the dominant airline at Casablanca airport, with over 65% of seats. The busiest months in terms of passenger traffic are August and September. The busiest destinations at Casablanca airport are Paris (over 1 million passengers), Jeddah and Istanbul.

HISTORY

The airport of Casablanca was built during World War II by the United States and closed in 1945. In the 1950s, Casablanca Mohammed V Airport was the site of a former USAF (United States Air Force) air base known as Nouasseur Air Base. Even today, most locals still refer to the airport simply as “Nouasseur”, this comes from the name of the suburb where it is located. It was handed over to Morocco after its independence in 1956.

 

Transportation options from Casablanca airport to the center:

– Train to reach Casablanca from the airport: Casablanca airport is served by the ONCF public transport company with a frequency of one train per hour. The station is located in the basement (arrivals) of Terminal 1.

– Bus: CTM offers service from / to Casablanca airport to other destinations. Royal Air Maroc and Air Arabia also offer bus transfers to the surroundings.

– Taxi: the fare to Casablanca is approximately MAD 280 (USD 30.00).

– Car rental: Casablanca airport is well equipped with vehicle rental counters within its facilities.

Mohamed V. Casablanca airport

Airports of Morocco. Mohamed V Airport Casablanca

Airports in Morocco. Marrakech-Menara

 

Marrakech – Menara Marrakech Airport (RAK) is the second airport in Morocco in terms of passenger traffic with 6.396.394 in 2019

Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK) is the main international gateway to Marrakech. Marrakech airport has two passenger terminals and is located 5 kilometers from the city center of Marrakech.

 

TRANSPORT FROM MARRAKECH AIRPORT TO THE CENTER

Marrakech airport is situated around 5km away from the medina. Given the transportation options presented below, getting from Marrakech airport to the city center is quite easy:

 

Bus: There is a bus service available at the Marrakech airport to reach the medina. The price to 2019 is 30dh. Also and as a cheaper option walking to the main avenue you can take a local bus for about 5dh.

Taxi: Reach the center of Marrakech from the airport in 15 minutes by taxi. The price to go to the medina should be around 180dh.

Car rental: Rent a car at the Marrakech airport.

Marrakech Menara Airport

Airports of Morocco. Marrakech Menara Airport

Airports in Morocco: Agadir – Al Massira

 

The third international airport in Morocco with 2,008,465 passengers in 2019 is that of Agadir- Al Massira (IATA: AGA, ICAO: GMAD). In recent years, Agadir and its tourism boom have brought new flights to Al Massira from new airports in the United Kingdom and Ireland. There is an agreement to create a new terminal, which will give work to the people of Agadir.

 

Terminal

The total terminal space is 26,550 m² and planned for 3 million passengers per year. It has a large waiting room, divided into two according to whether the flight is domestic (not customs) or if it is international. Passengers flying to Casablanca with a connecting international flight can pass passport control in Agadir to avoid wasting time in transit at Mohammed V.

TRANSPORT FROM AGADIR AIRPORT TO THE CENTER

Agadir Airport is located about 25 km southeast of the city. To get from Agadir Airport to the center there are the following options:

 

Bus from Agadir Airport to the center of Agadir
The only public transport option to get from Agadir Airport to the city center is the bus. If you really have a low budget, you can take this option, but if not, it is better not to complicate your life since it is not as easy as taking a direct bus.

To go from Agadir Airport to the center of Agadir, you will first have to take bus 37 on the main street P1714 (Route de l’Aéroport). There is one every 45 min. The bus departs from Gfitat and stops at the airport and Assays Ait Melloul on its way to Jihadia-Souk Inezgane. Once here you must change to bus 98 (frequency 10 to 30 min), which will take you to the Port de Commerce stop, in the port of Agadir, located in the northwestern part of the city center. Tickets can be purchased on board the bus and have a combined cost of 12 dh.

 

Car rental at Agadir Airport
If you are going to explore the wonderful country of Morocco for a few days or weeks, it is best to opt for the car rental at Agadir Airport. In it you will find offices of Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Avis Rabat Cartour and Air Car.

 

Taxi to go from Agadir Airport to the city center
Taxi is probably the most widely used form of transport from the airport to the center of Agadir.

To avoid scams, you have to know that the journey will take around 40 minutes and the price should be between MAD 200 and 250 (the most expensive price being for services after 20:00 and on weekends).

Agadir airport

Airports in Morocco. Agadir airport

Airports in Morocco. Fez- Saïss

 

With 1,417,881 passengers in 2019, Fez airport is the fourth airport in Morocco in terms of passenger volume.

Fez-Saïss Airport is an international airport located to the west of the city, in the Saïss area, in central Morocco. The good geographical location of the airport, close to cities such as Meknès, Ifrane or Khemisset, makes low-cost companies, mainly Ryanair (based at the airport with a fleet of three planes), link Fez with many European cities. Many MREs (from the French Marocains Résidant à l ’Étranger) are from this part of the country, so flying to Fez is always a good option. In addition, the existing tourism in the religious capital of Morocco maintains these flights.

 

How to get from Fez airport to the center

There are several ways to get to Fez from the airport:

 

Transfer service to Fez from the airport
Hiring a transfer service is the best way to start the trip. For a price similar to that of the taxi, you will have a driver who will wait for you at the terminal and take you to the hotel in the shortest possible time.

The advantages are clear: they will wait for you, you will not have to explain where you are staying, they will know how to get there and the best, they will leave you at the door of the hotel or riad, something that a taxi driver would not do.

 

Taxi from the airport to the medina
The price of a grand taxi from the airport to the medina Fez is 150dh (€ 13.8). Vehicles are vintage Mercedes 300s. It can take you to the gates of Medina, but it will not accompany you to the riad. You can ask other passengers on your flight to take a shared taxi.

 

Bus
There are several bus lines that connect Fez to the airport. The most popular line is 16, which runs to the train station and has an approximate frequency of one hour. The journey takes about 40 minutes and the price is 4dh (€ 0.4). If your budget is not very tight we do not recommend this option since sometimes you have to wait for the bus for a long time.

Fez Saiss Airport

Airports of Morocco. Fez-Saiss

Airports in Morocco: Tangier – Ibn Batouta

 

Tangier airport with 1,353,860 passengers in 2019 was the fifth international airport in Morocco in volume of air traffic.

Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport (IATA: TNG, ICAO: GMTT) is an international airport serving Tangier (Tangier in French), the capital of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region in Morocco. The airport is named after Ibn Battouta (1304–1368), a Moroccan traveler who was born in Tangier. The airport was previously known as Tanger-Boukhalef Airport. A new airport terminal building was opened in 2008 to provide many more flights and increased passenger capacity, as Tangier has grown and modernized rapidly. The airport is certified by the ISO 9001/2000 quality standards.

The air terminal is 12,000 m2 (129,167 square feet) and is designed to handle 1,250,000 passengers per year. The cargo terminal has 529 m2 (5,694 square feet) of covered space.

Air Arabia Maroc Agadir airline destinations, Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Brussels, London – Gatwick, Lyon, Madrid, Marrakech, Nador, Paris – Charles de Gaulle

 

Transportation from Tangier airport to the center.

In the case of Tangier, in this case, there is no public bus that takes you from the airport to Tangier city. The distance between the airport and the center is about 11km. The options to get there are: hire a private transfer service, rent a car or take a taxi. Grand Taxis are available 24 hours a day on the sidewalk in front of the terminal. The price of these taxis is set by the Moroccan government, it can cost between € 12 and € 20. If your budget is tight you can ask other passengers to share the taxi with them.

There are no bus routes that serve the airport directly. Small local taxis can drop passengers, but they are prohibited from picking them up at the terminal.

Tangier airport

Moroccain airports. Tangier airport

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