Nador International Airport

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Nador International Airport
Anafag n Ennaḍor Aɛarwi (Berber)
مطار الناظور العروي (Arabic)

El Aroui Airport
Nador-airport-front.jpg
Nador International Airport terminal
IATA: NDRICAO: GMMW
NDR is located in Morocco
NDR
NDR
Location of the Airport in Morocco
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator ONDA
Serves Nador, Morocco
Elevation AMSL 574 ft / 175 m
Coordinates 34°59′20″N 003°01′42″W / 34.98889°N 3.02833°W / 34.98889; -3.02833
Website airportnador.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Nador International Airport (Berber: Anafag n Ennaḍor Aɛarwi; Arabic: مطار الناظور العروي‎), (IATA: NDRICAO: GMMW), is an international airport serving Nador,[1] a city in the Oriental region in Morocco. It is also known as Arwi Airport.

An initial airport was created in 1931 in the village of Tawima (south of Nador town) and was the primary airport for Melilla, (now) a Spanish enclave to the north. Following the independence of the Morocco, Melilla began steps in creating an airport within Spanish control. In 1969 Melilla Airport opened to provide air travel within the Spanish enclave.

Nador is a small international airport with links to Morocco's main airports and some European destinations such as Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. In the summer season it becomes a very busy airport when many Moroccan nationals living in Western Europe and originating from the Rif region (Riffian people) travel through it. The Nador airport is owned and run by the state company ONDA. The main user is Royal Air Maroc but also low-cost carriers like Ryanair fly to Nador.

Although most flights are operated using the smaller Boeing 737 or similar, in the summer months the demand for seats is so high that Royal Air Maroc operated weekly flights from Amsterdam Schiphol and Brussels using their Boeing 747 but in 2012 these flights were replaced by "normal" Boeing 737 flights. The runway and stand are designed to handle Jumbo's but the facilities like passport control get overwhelmed when a full B-747 arrives

In the year 2009 the airport handled over 307,000 passengers.[3]

Terminal and passenger facilities[edit]

Nador International Airport has a single terminal, divided into arrivals and departures, both on the ground floor. Check-in terminals are located at one side of the main terminal hall, while the other side is for baggage retrieval for arriving customers.

Location[edit]

The original location at Taouima moved to El Aroui, some 14 miles (24 km) south-southwest of Nador city. The airport lies nearly directly along the N2 national road. There is no public transport to the airport. Directly in front of the terminal there is a large (paid) parking-place which is mainly used for people bringing or picking up of passengers.

Also outside the terminal there are many Grand Taxis offering shared connections with most major destinations for people flying to Nador. The taxis are also often offered for private-hire: thus where there is only one (group of) passenger(s). As the airport is far beyond any city-limits there are no Petit Taxis available at the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Maroc Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Montpellier, Palma de Mallorca
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam, Tetouan
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
Jetairfly Charleroi, Eindhoven (start 27 October 2014)
Royal Air Maroc Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Tanger
Seasonal: Casablanca, Düsseldorf, Paris-Orly
Royal Air Maroc
operated by RAM Express
Casablanca, Oujda-Angads
Ryanair Barcelona,[4] Beauvais, Charleroi, Hahn, Marseille
Transavia.com Amsterdam
Summer Charter: Eindhoven
Vueling Barcelona

Access to the airport[edit]

The airport is located at Al Arouit and approximately 30 km. from Nador city by road. Other than taxis, no public transport is available. On arrival, meeting incoming flights many grand taxis wait outside the terminal and offer transfers to most regional cities.[5] A paid car-park area is directly outside terminal, mainly used to bring passengers or pick up arriving passengers. The roads between the airport and Nador city are in good condition and signposted in Arabic and French. The airport lies directly along the main national route N2 (from Tangier to Oujda). From the airport the route to the city uses this N2 in Easterly direction to the North going route N15 to the city.

Traffic statistics[edit]

Like other Moroccan airports the traffic is very seasonal. All through the year Royal Air Maroc (in codeshare with Atlas Blue) flies several times per week to Brussels and Amsterdam, but in the summer-season more flights are scheduled. In the peak-season RAM even uses their Boeing 747 Jumbo-jet every week on the route to/from Amsterdam and Brussels instead of the smaller Boeing 737 the rest of the year.

Traffic statistic
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
83.109
+8.39%
82.010
-1.32%
81.604
-0.50%
89.287
+9.41%
94.380
+5.70%
110.589
+17.17%
171.239
+54.84%
215.045
+25.58%
307.483
+42.99%
442.508
+43.30%
572.388
+29.45%
602.426
+5.25%
611.888
+1.57%

In the two summer months nearly a third of the annual traffic is handled by the airport. Because Nador and surroundings isn't (yet) a tourist-destination such as Agadir or Marrakesh nearly all passengers are Moroccan nationals (incl. 2nd and 3rd generation) visiting relatives.[6]

Recent statistics

Item 2010[7] Change % 2009[8] Change % 2008[9] change % 2007[10] 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Passengers[11] 442,508 +43.30% 308,789 + 44.94% 213,045 + 25.50% 171,293 110,589 94,380 89,287 81,604 82,010
Movements[12] n/a[13] n/a 4020 +102.72% 1983 + 7.89% 1838 1614 1634 1368 1001 1009
Cargo (Metric tons)[14] n/a[13] n/a 3.98 - 28.80 % 5.59 - 63.58% 15.35 92.33 22.04 74.36 17.27 20.30

Runway information[edit]

The airport has one runway of 3.000 meter long and 45 meter wide and can handle commercial aircraft up to a Boeing 747.[15] Total parking space of 54.000 m² which results in two Boeing 747 and four Boeing 737's being able to park at Nador.[16]

Navigation[edit]

The airport has an ILS Class 1 certification and offers the following radionavigational aids: VORDMENDB

PAPI lighting available when landing on runway 28[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Airport information for GMMW from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for NDR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ ONDA website on access for Nador Airport
  6. ^ Nador Information on Marokko-Info.nl
  7. ^ Passenger statistics for December 2010 with year-totals 2009 and 2010, visited 25 April 2011
  8. ^ Airport Presentation page on ONDA website on Nador Airport, visited 31 July 2010
  9. ^ source details 2008:Official ONDA report 2007-2008
  10. ^ 2007 statistics Source: ONDA PDF-Document
  11. ^ Statistics until 2006 from Overview passengers stats MA, PDF document
  12. ^ Statistics until 2006 from Statistics Movements, PDF document
  13. ^ a b (for 2010 only passenger figures available
  14. ^ Statistics until 2006 from freight stats, PDF document
  15. ^ Note: In summer-season several RAM B-747 from AMS and BRU visit NDR each week.
  16. ^ a b Website ONDA Présentation Nador, (French), Visited 17 March 2012

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°59′20″N 03°01′42″W / 34.98889°N 3.02833°W / 34.98889; -3.02833