Mohammed V International Airport (French: Aéroport international Mohammed V, Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي, Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly, IATA: CMN, ICAO: GMMN) is an international airport serving Casablanca, operated by ONDA (National Airports Office). Located in the Nouaceur Province, it is the busiest airport in Morocco, with a traffic of 7.56 million passengers passing through the airport in 2013.ONDA informed an increase of 7.28% for passenger traffic in August 2014 (2014-08); this month, the number of passengers handled was 918,238.
In addition to its transport mission, the airfield supported the North African Campaign with the Twelfth Air Force68th Reconnaissance Group operating photo-recon versions of the P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang from the airfield. Elements 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-recon combat missions over German-held territory from the airfield until early September when it moved east to Massicault Airfield in Tunisia. With the end of the war in 1945, the airfield was turned over to the civil government.
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 as of December 1959, and was fully out of Morocco in 1963. SAC felt the Moroccan bases were much less critical with the long range of the B-52, and with the completion of the Spanish bases in 1959.
Even today, most locals still refer to the airport simply as "Nouasseur", this comes from the name of the suburb where it is located.
As part of the development of the airport, and since Casablanca is one of the main trading and industrial cities in the southern Mediterranean, the cargo operations will expand in the next few years. A 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft) cargo facility opened in 2008, with an annual processing capacity of 150,000 tonnes (150,000 long tons; 170,000 short tons).
On 24 August 1994 a Royal Air MarocATR-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.
On 1 April 1970, a Royal Air MarocSud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle crashed on approach to Casablanca Mohammed V airport when it lost control at a height of about 500 feet. The fuselage broke in two. Sixty one of the 82 passengers and crew were killed.