A new terminal entirely dedicated to business and private aviation was inaugurated on Saturday at Marrakech-Menara International Airport, on the initiative of the National Airports Office (ONDA).
The inauguration ceremony of this new infrastructure was enhanced by the presence in particular of the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and the Social Economy, Ms. Nadia Fettah Alaoui, the Wali of the Marrakech region. Safi, Karim Kassi-Lahlou, the director general of ONDA, Zouhaïr Mohamed El Oufir, the director general of ONMT, Adel El Fakir, tourism operators, as well as other personalities.
Built on an area of 3,000 m², this new business aviation terminal at Marrakech-Menara Airport is distinguished by its authentic architectural cachet and offers optimal conditions for welcoming VIP passengers.
This new terminal is organized in three spaces, the first of which was built by Jetex on an area of 2,500 m2, for an investment of MAD 35 million.
Having generated no less than 40 new direct and indirect jobs, this Pavilion constitutes the second largest “Fixed Base Operator” (FBO) of Jetex worldwide, after that of Dubai.
As for the second space, it was built by Swissport Executive Aviation Morocco and covers an area of approximately 525 m². Considered as the largest FBO in the Swissport network worldwide, this pavilion mobilized investments of MAD 7.5 million and created 14 direct jobs and 10 indirect jobs.
In addition to the servicing of land and the development of aircraft parking lots, vehicle parking lots and access ramps, a central area has been created by ONDA dedicated to immigration formalities, and security and security control operations, passenger, crew and baggage security.
The two renowned international operators “Jetex Executive Aviation Morocco” and “Swissport Executive Aviation Maroc” were selected following an international tender launched by ONDA.
The introduction of these two operators has enabled ONDA to set up an efficient framework for the development of business aviation, based on commitments to quality objectives, in accordance with the best international standards in terms of security, security and quality of service.
With this new inauguration, Marrakech-Menara Airport is now the second airport platform in Morocco with a terminal dedicated entirely to Business and private aviation after Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.
In a press statement on this occasion, Ms. Fettah Alaoui welcomed the inauguration of this new business terminal. “This is a very important day for business aviation which is a support to many economic sectors and in particular, that of tourism,” she said.
And the Minister to continue that the opening of this new terminal goes in the continuity of the improvement of the infrastructures put at the service of the economy in general, and of tourism in particular, noting that the activity of air transport knows a excellent growth, particularly in business aviation.
It also wished to indicate that this infrastructure was built in accordance with the highest global standards in this area.
The director general of ONDA, Zouhaïr Mohamed El Oufir, focused on the growth rate of business aviation which is 10% nationally, with a growth rate still significant for the only city of Marrakech, welcoming the inauguration of this new infrastructure which he did not hesitate to describe as a “great achievement”.
“With this kind of new terminals we want to breathe new life into this nerve center able to encourage the arrival of investors as well as the sustained promotion of the destination Morocco in general, and Marrakech in particular,” he explains.
Business aviation, says ONDA, differs from commercial aviation (scheduled national and international flights) offered by airlines and light aviation (sports and leisure flights in glider planes).
The main uses of this aviation segment are through the transport of businessmen, medical evacuations, the transport of personalities by their own planes or through private aviation companies.
Aware of its significant development potential, ONDA launched at the end of 2015 an international call for tenders for the concession of ground services, dedicated to business aviation according to the Fixed Base Operator “FBO” concept.
Following this call for tenders, two operating concessions were granted respectively to Jetex at the airports of Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Agadir and Dakhla and to Swissport Executive at the airports of Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier.
The introduction of these two operators has enabled ONDA to set up an efficient framework for the development of business aviation, based on commitments to quality objectives. The aim is to set up, for the benefit of business aviation operators, airport infrastructure, adapted equipment and integrated solutions, ensuring a quality of service that meets the best international standards.
Two operating agreements have been signed with the Moroccan companies created by Jetex Flight Support and Swissport under the company name Jetex Executive Aviation Morocco and Swissport Executive Aviation Maroc.