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Morocco’s airports expand to become international hubs

Moroccan airports received about 1.861.875 customers in January 2019, making this the highest recorded number of passengers.

According to data from the Moroccan Airport Authority (ONDA), Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca received the highest record of global traffic, approximately 40 percent that includes 783.098 passengers.

Meanwhile, other Moroccan airports registered equally positive results. Marrakesh’s Menara Airport recorded over 20 percent of increase in traffic, Fez Saiss Airport (17,57%), Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (15,05%), and Rabat-Sale Airport (17,58%).

ONDA announced that while European Airports, which represent 79 percent of international air traffic, have registered a 10 percent increase South American Airports marked a growth of nearly 20 percent.

Meanwhile, North America and the Maghreb countries experienced growth rates of 0.89 and 0.11, respectively. The Far East suffered a decline of 2.3 percent.

Aircraft movements also experienced a booming period.

In January 2019, there were 16,604 movements, an increase of 10.66 percent over the previous year. Mohammed V airport shares 43.97 percent of the global increase for Moroccan airports, while Marrakesh-Menara shares 21.71 percent and Agadir Al Massira 8.55 percent.

During the same period, the traffic of commercial aircraft flying over the Moroccan airspace experienced a strong growth of 10.8 percent. Meanwhile, freight traffic recorded during this period increased by 2.66 percent to reach a volume of 7181.60 tons against 6995.32 tons in January 2018.

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