King Mohammed VI on Tuesday inaugurated the proposed extension, redevelopment and modernization of Terminal 1 of Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, which mobilized investments in the order of 1.585 billion dirhams.
On this occasion, the Sovereign launched the commissioning of the new Regional Control Center (CCR) for the safety of air navigation in Agadir, as well as the new air terminals at Guelmim, Zagora and Errachidia Moulay Ali Cherif airports, carried out by the National Office of Airports (ONDA) for an overall budget of 647.73 million dirhams.
These projects aim to equip different cities of the Kingdom with modern airport infrastructures in line with international standards, able to respond to the incessant growth of passenger traffic, to have a ripple effect on the territory served, and to support its growth socio-economic and tourist.
They are part of ONDA’s strategy to increase the reception capacity of regional airports and the generalization of compliance with international standards for air traffic flows, aviation safety and security airport and quality of services.
For example, the extension, redevelopment and modernization project for the Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport Terminal 1, brings the airport’s overall capacity, considered as a major platform for airport correspondence (airport hub) in the region and Africa, to 14 million passengers a year.
The new Terminal is also an important platform for boosting the economic and financial activities of the economic capital of the Kingdom, including its financial center, Casa Finance City.
Covering an area of 76,000 square meters, the new Terminal 1, which will, on its own, accommodate and handle an annual traffic of 7 million passengers, includes eight new aircraft parking spaces, including three for large aircraft and a post dedicated to the Airbus 380.
Dedicated to the national company Royal Air Maroc and its partners, the new terminal has all the necessary equipment meeting the international standardsin terms of safety, security and quality of service.
It is equipped with equipment to streamline the path of passengers (moving walkways, automatic doors, escalators, elevators), clear and visible signage, and 9 telescopic walkways, including a triple gangway for A380 aircraft.
Housed in a national and international transit zone, Terminal 1 also houses offices of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, intended for the advice and assistance of Moroccans living abroad (MRE), banks and insurance agencies exchange, shopping malls, arranged according to the new concept of “walkthrough”, catering and relaxation of passengers, worship and other dedicated to children.
The redevelopment and extension work also involved the construction of a pedestrian esplanade with green spaces outside the airport, a car park on two levels, with a capacity of 2.075 seats , as well as a minute deposit area. This project was realized thanks to the contribution of 25 national and six foreign companies.
On this occasion, the Sovereign launched the commissioning of the new Regional Control Center for Air Navigation Safety in Agadir, which will decentralize the air traffic control service and increase the capacity of the air traffic control unit in Moroccan airspace overflight.
This new Regional Control Center, in addition to that of Casablanca, inaugurated by the Sovereign on December 14, 2007, will also participate in reducing the risk of disruption in the event of unavailability of the Regional Center of Casablanca.
Built on a total area of 3 hectares, near the Agadir Al-Massira airport, the new center (186.10 MDH), which has modern infrastructures and state-of-the-art technological equipment, will ensure, alongside that of Casablanca, the safety of the air traffic of aircraft that use Moroccan airspace.
Other projects inaugurated on this day by HM the King, may God assist him, are those of the new air terminals of Guelmim (MDH 273.5), Zagora (MDH 106.03) and Errachidia Moulay Ali Cherif (MDH 82.10).
Indeed, the development project of the new airport terminal of Guelmim consisted in the construction of a new terminal on an area of 7,000 m2, with an annual capacity of 700,000 passengers, the building on a surface of 2,000 m2 of administrative and technical buildings, the extension and upgrade of the aircraft movement area, the strengthening of the runway, the development of an aircraft parking space for 4 medium-haul aircraft.
This project fits perfectly with the development model of the southern provinces, which consists in providing this region with modern infrastructures.
As for the Zagora airport development project, it focused on the construction of a new terminal – with a capacity of 250,000 passengers per year – the construction of a control tower and various buildings, technical and administrative, the extension and widening of the runway and the extension and strengthening of the aircraft parking.
The Errachidia Moulay Ali Cherif airport development project, for its part, consisted of the construction of a new terminal with a total surface area of 3,500 m2, capable of accommodating up to 300,000 passengers a year, and thus contributing to boost tourism activity in the region.
The project includes the upgrading and widening of the access road to the airport, the development of a car park with a capacity of 375 spaces, and the consolidation of the state fence and watchtowers.