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Airports in Morocco: The number of passengers rising

Moroccan airports welcomed a total of 3,528,465 passengers in the first two months of 2019, up 8.43% over the same period last year, according to data released Monday by the National Airport Authority (ONDA).

The Mohammed V airport, which represents only 40% of the global volume, has experienced a virtual stagnation with 1,428,103 passengers (-0.05%), while the airport of Marrakech-Menara has increased its share of the traffic 26.07%, thanks to growth of 18.08% (919,713 passengers) at the end of February 2019.

The airport of Agadir Al Massira found colors in February with an increase of more than 12% to complete the first two months of the year on a development of 9.28%, when the other major airports of the country signed double-digit growth year on year, namely Fez-Saiss (+17.08%), Tangier Ibn Battouta (+15.01%) and Rabat Salé (+18.91%).

Last February, domestic traffic posted another strong growth of 15.43%, after a spectacular increase last January (+26.58%).

With 1,469,878 passengers welcomed, international traffic has risen by 5.36% compared to February 2018, the European market accounting for 81.1% of this segment (+7.79%), while the Maghreb market has returned with growth (+4.53%).

Regarding the movements of aircraft during the second month of the year, there were 14,494 movements, an increase of 8.26%, Mohammed V airport grabbing a share of 43.97%, against 22, 69% for Marrakech-Menara and 8.6% for Agadir Al Massira.

Freight traffic, meanwhile, recorded an increase of 16.49% last February, with a volume of 7,223.39 tons, against 6,200.76 tons during the reference period last year.

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