Marrakesh Menara Airport

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Marrakesh Menara Airport
Aéroport Marrakech Ménara
مطار مراكش المنارة
Marrakech Menara Airport 1.jpg
IATA: RAKICAO: GMMX
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator ONDA and Royal Air Force
Location Marrakesh, Morocco
Focus city for Royal Air Maroc
Elevation AMSL 1,545 ft / 471 m
Coordinates 31°36′25″N 008°02′11″W / 31.60694°N 8.03639°W / 31.60694; -8.03639Coordinates: 31°36′25″N 008°02′11″W / 31.60694°N 8.03639°W / 31.60694; -8.03639
Map
RAK is located in Morocco
RAK
RAK
Location of airport in Morocco
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,100 10,170 Asphalt
Statistics (2008, 2012)
Passengers (2012) 3,373,475
Freight (tons) (2008) 1,512.55
Source: List of the busiest airports in Africa, ONDA,[1] DAFIF[2][3]

Marrakesh Menara Airport (French: Aéroport Marrakech Ménara, Arabic: مطار مراكش المنارة‎, IATA: RAKICAO: GMMX) is an international airport serving Marrakesh,[2] the capital city of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz region in Morocco. It is an international facility that receives several European flights as well as flights from Casablanca and some of the Arab world nations. The airport served over 3.3 million passengers in the year 2012.[1]

History[edit]

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command as a hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It functioned as a stopover en route to Casablanca Airfield or to Agadir Airport on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.[4]

Facilities[edit]

Terminal[edit]

Currently (2012) Menara Airport (RAK) has formally two passenger terminals, but these are more or less combined to form one large terminal. A third terminal is being built.[5] The existing T1/T2 offer a space of 42.000 m2 and has a designed capacity of 4.5 million passengers/year. The separate freight-terminal has 340m2 covered space[6] The air terminals (1 and 2) are 22,000 m2 (236,806 sq ft) and designed to handle 2,500,000 passengers per year.

Runway and apron[edit]

Aircraft parking space of 125,000 square metres (1,345,489 sq ft) supports up to fourteen Boeing 737s and four Boeing 747s. The cargo terminal is 340 m2 (3,660 sq ft) of covered space.[1] The paved runway is laid out in the direction 10/28 (almost East-West) is 3,100 by 45 metres (10,171 ft × 148 ft). It can receive all modern jetliners up to the Boeing 747 in size. The airport is equipped with an ILS Cat II landing system and offers the following radio navigation aids: VORDMENDB.[1]

VIP Service[edit]

Menara is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana T1
Air Berlin Düsseldorf[8] T1
Air France Marseille, Toulouse T1
Air Méditerranée Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Charter: Paris-Orly
T1
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino T1
Atlasjet Charter: Istanbul Atatürk T1
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife-North[9] T1
British Airways London-Gatwick T1
Brussels Airlines Brussels T1
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam, Copenhagen T1
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux,[10] Bristol, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted (ends 29 May 2015), Lyon, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse[11]
Seasonal: Nice[12]
T2
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva T1
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich T1
Europe Airpost Seasonal: Bordeaux, Brest, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Paris-Orly, Pau, Toulouse T1
Germania Seasonal: Hamburg T1
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn[13] T1
Iberia Regional
operated by Air Nostrum
Madrid T1
Jetairfly Agadir, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cuneo, Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan-Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Deauville, Brest
T1
Jet2.com Seasonal: Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle upon Tyne T1
Kolavia Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo T1
Lufthansa Frankfurt T1
Luxair Agadir, Luxembourg T1
Niki Vienna T1
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Helsinki
T1
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Istanbul-Sabiha-Gokcen T1
Royal Air Maroc Bordeaux, Casablanca, El Aaiún, Geneva (resumes 31 March 2015), London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Nantes, Nice, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Medina
T1
RAM Express Casablanca
Seasonal: Agadir, Errachidia, Ouarzazate
T1
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Châlons Vatry, Charleroi, Dublin,[14] Eindhoven, Girona, Hahn, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Pisa, Poitiers, Rome-Ciampino, Seville, Tours, Weeze
Seasonal: Dole
T1
Saudia Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina T1
SunExpress Deutschland Charter: Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna T1
Swiss International Airlines Geneva T1
TAP Portugal Lisbon T1
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Agadir, Brussels, Liege T1
Thomson Airways Birmingham, Bristol (begins 5 May 2015), London-Gatwick, Manchester T1
Transavia.com Agadir, Amsterdam, Rotterdam T1
Transavia.com France Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Orly, Strasbourg T1
TUIfly Agadir, Basel/Mulhouse T1
Vueling Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 2 May 2015)
Seasonal: Bilbao
T1
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle T1

Statistics[edit]

Item 2008[15] 2007[16] 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Aircraft movements[17] 27,369 29,246 24,613 20,689 16,112 13,843 13,078
Passengers[18] 3,100,495 3,050,916 2,648,742 2,195,899 1,667,267 1,368,281 1,349,363
Freight (tons)[19] 1425.47 1555.07 1307.99 2000.40 2286.86 2092.99 2197.70

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

External links[edit]

Media related to Marrakech-Menara Airport at Wikimedia Commons