Mohammed V International Airport

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Mohammed V International Airport
Aéroport international Mohammed V
مطار محمد الخامس الدولي
IATA: CMNICAO: GMMN
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator ONDA
Serves Casablanca, Morocco
Location Nouasseur
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates 33°22′02″N 007°35′23″W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972Coordinates: 33°22′02″N 007°35′23″W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972
Website www.onda.ma
Map
CMN is located in Morocco
CMN
CMN
Location of airport in Morocco
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2009, 2010)
Aircraftmovements (2009) 69,119
Passengers (2013) 7,56 million[1]
Freight (tons) (2009) 53,469
Economic & social impacts (2012) $731 million & 78.7 thousand[2]
Source: DAFIF[3][4]

Mohammed V International Airport (French: Aéroport international Mohammed V, Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي‎, Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly, IATA: CMNICAO: GMMN) is an international airport serving Casablanca, operated by ONDA (National Airports Office). Located in Nouaceur Province, it is the busiest airport in Morocco, with 7.56 million passengers passing through the airport in 2013.[5][1]In August 2014, ONDA reported a year-on-year increase of 7.28% passenger traffic, to 918,238.[6]

The airport serves as hub for Morocco's flag carrier Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly, Air Arabia Maroc and RAM Express. It is named for King Mohammed V of Morocco.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Transatlantic routes from Casablanca, September 1945

The Casablanca Mohammed V Airport was originally built by the United States in early 1943 during World War II as an auxiliary airfield for Casablanca's Anfa Airport and was named Berrechid Airfield. The airfield handled divers military traffic as a stopover en route to Port Lyautey Airfield, and to Marrakech Airport on the North African Cairo-Dakar route. In addition, it was the terminus of Mid-Atlantic route transatlantic flights via the Azores to Nova Scotia and airfields on the East Coast of the United States.

In addition to its transportation role, the airfield supported the North African Campaign with the Twelfth Air Force 68th Reconnaissance Group operating photo-reconnaissance versions of the P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang. Part of the 68th first arrived at Angads Airport in Oujda in November 1942 and moved to Berrechid in March 1943 upon its completion. It flew both antisubmarine missions over the Atlantic and photo-reconnaissance combat missions over German-held territory until early September when it moved east to Massicault Airfield in Tunisia. With the end of the war in 1945, the airfield was handed over to the civil government.

During the Cold War in the early and middle 1950s, the airfield was reopened as Nouasseur Air Base and was used as a United States Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) staging area for B-47 Stratojet bombers pointed at the Soviet Union. These operations later moved to Ben Guerir Air Base.

With the destabilisation of French government in Morocco, and Moroccan independence in 1956, the government of Mohammed V wanted the US Air Force to pull out of the SAC bases in Morocco, insisting on such action after American intervention in Lebanon in 1958. The United States agreed to leave in December 1959, and was fully out of Morocco by 1963. SAC felt that, with the long range of the B-52 and completion of Spanish bases in 1959, the Moroccan bases were no longer important.

Even today, most locals still refer to the airport simply as "Nouaceur", which is the name of the provinc it is in.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

A Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200 on the airport ramp in 2011.
A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 at the airport in 2006. The airline has its main hub at Mohammed V Airport.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Afriqiyah Airways Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli 2
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran 1
Air Arabia Maroc Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Cuneo, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, London-Gatwick, Lyon, Montpellier, Naples (begins 30 March 2015),[7] Toulouse, Venice-Marco Polo 2
Air France Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Toulouse 2
Air Mediterranee Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 2
Binter Canarias
operated by Naysa
Gran Canaria 2
easyJet Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
easyJet Milan Malpensa 1
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Dubai 2
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2
Flynas Jeddah 2
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn 2
Iberia Madrid 2
Jetairfly Beauvais–Tillé, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels-South Charleroi, Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Barcelona, Brussels, Milan-Malpensa
2
Libyan Airlines Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli
Seasonal: Sebha
2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Mauritania Airlines International Nouakchott, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Nouadhibou, Zouérat
2
Qatar Airways Doha 2
Royal Air Maroc Agadir, Algiers, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beirut, Bologna, Cairo, Dakhla, Dubai-International (resumes 31 March 2015),[8] Fez, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Laayoune, Madrid, Málaga, Milan-Malpensa, Montréal-Trudeau, New York-JFK, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, Turin, Valencia 1
Royal Air Maroc Abidjan, Abuja (begins 12 December 2014),[9] Accra, Bamako, Banjul, Beni Mellal (begins 27 October 2014),[10] Berlin-Tegel, Bissau, Bordeaux, Brazzaville, Brussels, Conakry, Copenhagen, Cotonou, Dakar, Douala, Frankfurt, Freetown, Geneva, Kinshasa, Lagos, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Libreville, Lisbon, Lomé, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Luanda, Malabo, Marseille, Marrakech, Monrovia, Montpellier, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, N'Djamena, Nantes, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Pointe Noire, Praia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Yaoundé, Zurich
Seasonal: Beni Mellal, Al-Hoceima, Kano, Medina, Tétouan
2
Royal Air Maroc operated by
Royal Air Maroc Express
Agadir, Al Hoceima, Dakhla, Essaouira, Fez, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier, Tenerife-North, Tétouan
Seasonal: Guelmim, Tan-Tan, Ouarzazate, Zagora
2
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Seasonal: Dammam
Charter: Medina
1
Syphax Airlines Sfax 2
TAP Portugal Lisbon 2
TAP Portugal
operated by PGA Express
Lisbon 2
Transavia.com Amsterdam 2
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Monastir
2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
Vueling Barcelona, Paris-Orly 2

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Nairobi, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
DHL Airways Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Med Airlines Maroc Bamako, Dakar, Lisbon, Paris-Orly, Tangier
Royal Air Maroc Cargo Addis Ababa, Algiers, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai, El Aaiún, Hong Kong, Libreville, Lisbon, London-Heathrow, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly, New York-JFK, Recife, Rome-Fiumicino, Tangier, Washington-Dulles, Zaragoza
UPS Airlines London-Gatwick, Louisville, Madrid, Newark, Rome-Fiumicino
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Madrid

As part of the airport's development, and because Casablanca is one of the main trading and industrial cities in the southern Mediterranean, cargo operations will expand in the next few years.[when?] A 3-hectare (7.4-acre) cargo facility opened in 2008, with an annual processing capacity of 150,000 tonnes (150,000 long tons; 170,000 short tons).

Traffic[edit]

Traffic[11] 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Average growth
2004–2009
Aircraft movements[11] n/a 69,119 +1.11% 68,362 −2.5% 70,080 +7.6% 65,111 +9.2% 59,621 +13.9% 52,336 +5.86%
Passengers[11] 7,245,508[5] +13,28 6,395,862 +2.95% 6,209,711 +6.0% 5,858,192 +15.5% 5,071,411 +12.1% 4,456,639 +17.1% 3,803,479 +10.73%
Freight (tons)[11] n/a 53,469 -6.06% 56,919 −6.5% 60,682 +9.3% 55,673 +10.7% 50,285 +6.5% 47,152 +2.79%

Passenger services[edit]

VIP service[edit]

Mohammed V is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque[12]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 24 August 1994, a Royal Air Maroc ATR-42 crashed near Tizounine while en route from Agadir to Casablanca Mohammed V airport. The plane crashed with a steep dive in the Atlas mountains. All 40 passengers and 4 crew died in this accident. It is said that the captain disconnected the autopilot and let the plane crash deliberately. The Moroccan Pilots Union challenged these findings.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Morocco’s airports grow passenger numbers by 9% in 2013; easyJet and Ryanair lead way with most new routes". anna.aero. 12 February 2004. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mohammed V International airport – Economic and social impacts". Ecquants. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Airport information for GMMN from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  4. ^ Airport information for CMN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  5. ^ a b "Aéroports du Maroc: Trafic du mois de Décembre 2010" [Airports of Morocco: Traffic for December 2010 (2010-12)] (Press release) (in French). Office Nationale des Aéroports. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Communiqué Statistics AOUT 2014" [Statistical Report, AUGUST 2014] (in French). [[ONDA (Morocco)|]]. August 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Duclos, François (30 September 2014). "Air Arabia Maroc part à Naples" [Air Arabia Maroc to serve Naples] (in French).  Archived 30 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Royal Air Maroc Delays Dubai Service Resumption to late-March 2015". Airline Route. 15 August 2014.  Archived 17 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Royal Air Maroc Adds Abuja Operation from Dec 2014". Airline Route. 18 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Royal Air Maroc Adds New Domestic and European Service from late-July 2014". Airline Route. 17 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Casablanca Airport Passenger Statistics for 2008". [[ODNA (Morocco)|]]. 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Je suis professionel" [I'm a business traveller]. [[ONDA (Morocco)|]] (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "ATR-42 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Fatal Events Since 1970 for Royal Air Maroc". airsafe.com. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "SE-210 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 

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