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]

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]

Facilities[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 air terminals (1 and 2) are 22,000 m2 (236,806 sq ft) and designed to handle 2,500,000 passengers per year. 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]

A Brussels Airlines Airbus A319-100 on the apron in 2013.
A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 at the airport in 2013. A Ryanair aircraft is departing in the background.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana T1
Air Berlin Düsseldorf (begins 3 November 2014)[8] T1
Air France Marseille, Toulouse T1
Air Méditerranée Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Charter: Paris-Orly
T1
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino (begins 3 September 2014) [9] T1
Atlasjet Charter: Istanbul Atatürk T1
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, Tenerife-North[10] T1
British Airways London-Gatwick T1
Brussels Airlines Brussels T1
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam T1
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux,[11] Bristol, Glasgow-International (begins 29 October 2014),[12] London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Lyon, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse[13]
Seasonal: Nice[14]
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 (begins 4 November 2014) T1
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn[15] T1
Iberia Regional
operated by Air Nostrum
Madrid T1
Jetairfly Agadir, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cuneo (begins 28 October 2014), Lyon, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Deauville, Brest
Charter: Metz/Nancy
T1
Jet2.com Seasonal: Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle upon Tyne T1
Kolavia Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo T1
Lufthansa Frankfurt (begins 2 October 2014)[16] T1
Luxair Agadir, Luxembourg T1
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa (begins 3 November 2014) T1
Niki Vienna (begins 1 October 2014)[17] 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), Gibraltar, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Nantes, Nice, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Medina
T1
RAM Express Casablanca, Gibraltar
Seasonal: Agadir, Errachidia, Ouarzazate (begins 24 October 2014)
T1
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Châlons Vatry, Charleroi, Dublin,[18] Eindhoven, Girona, Hahn, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Pisa, Poitiers, Rome-Ciampino, Seville, Tours, Weeze
Seasonal: Dole, Memmingen
T1
Saudia Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina T1
SunExpress Deutschland Vienna (begins 1 November 2014) [19] 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, Glasgow-International (begins 6 March 2015),[20] 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
Seasonal: Bilbao, Rome-Fuimicino (begins 20 December 2014 and ends 4 January 2015)
T1
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle T1

Traffic details[edit]

Item 2008[21] 2007[22] 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Aircraft movements[23] 27,369 29,246 24,613 20,689 16,112 13,843 13,078
Passengers[24] 3,100,495 3,050,916 2,648,742 2,195,899 1,667,267 1,368,281 1,349,363
Freight (tons)[25] 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.

  1. ^ a b c d "Marrakech". ONDA. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Airport information for GMMX from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  3. ^ Airport information for RAK at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  4. ^ File:Atcroutes-1sep1945.jpg
  5. ^ ONDA website:Investment program 2011, visited 10 June 2012
  6. ^ ONDA Website: Presentation RAK, visited 10 June 2012
  7. ^ ONDA website on the VIP service, visited 17 March 2012
  8. ^ http://www.air-journal.fr/2014-03-25-air-berlin-et-niki-du-nouveau-au-maroc-5102524.html
  9. ^ http://www.air-journal.fr/2014-06-11-alitalia-ira-a-marrakech-cet-automne-5108493.html
  10. ^ http://noticias.terra.es/espana/comunidades-autonomas/canarias/el-aeropuerto-tenerife-norte-inaugura-una-nueva-conexion-con-marrakech,8486e160f4d8f310VgnCLD2000000ec6eb0aRCRD.html
  11. ^ http://www.air-journal.fr/2013-10-24-easyjet-du-nouveau-a-paris-bordeaux-et-brest-587828.html
  12. ^ L, J (8 July 2014). "Easyjet Adds New Routes". Airline Route. 
  13. ^ http://www.air-journal.fr/2013-07-22-easyjet-lancera-en-octobre-une-ligne-toulouse-marrakech-579288.html
  14. ^ http://www.air-journal.fr/2013-10-24-easyjet-se-renforce-a-nice-et-brest-587839.html
  15. ^ http://www.germanwings.com/de/Angebote/Flugangebote/guenstige-fluege/koeln-bonn-cgn/marrakesch-rak/november-2013.htm
  16. ^ L, J (3 July 2014). "Lufhtansa adds Frankfurt-Marrakesh". Airline Route. 
  17. ^ L, J (19 February 2014). "NIKI to start Agadir and Marrakesh". Airline Route. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  18. ^ New route to DUB
  19. ^ http://www.tip-online.at/news/30229/sun-express-ab-wien-im-vollcharter-nach-marrakesch
  20. ^ http://flights.thomson.co.uk/thomson/en-GB/farefinder/default?sortOrder=&pageIndex=&originAirportCode=GLA&destinationAirportCode=RAK
  21. ^ Source 2008 details: ONDA site
  22. ^ Source 2007 details: ONDA site
  23. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview movements aircraft MA, PDF document
  24. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview passengers MA, PDF document
  25. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview freight MA, PDF document

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