Marrakesh Menara Airport

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Marrakesh Menara Airport
Aéroport Marrakech Ménara
مطار مراكش المنارة
Marrakech Menara Airport 1.jpg
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
RAK is located in Morocco
Location of airport in Morocco
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,100 10,170 Asphalt
Statistics (2008, 2014)
Aircraft movements (2008) 31,523
Passengers (2014) 4,034,410
Freight (tons) (2008) 1,512.55

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 4 million passengers in the year 2014.[1]


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 interior


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

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 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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana T1
Air Arabia Maroc Frankfurt,[8] Montpellier, Pau[9] T1
Air Berlin Düsseldorf[10] T1
Air France Marseille, Toulouse T1
Atlasjet Charter: Istanbul Atatürk T1
Austrian Airlines Vienna T1
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Tenerife-North[11]
British Airways London-Gatwick T1
Brussels Airlines Brussels T1
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam, Copenhagen T1
easyJet Bordeaux, Bristol, London-Gatwick, Lyon, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle T2
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva T1
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich T1
Europe Airpost Seasonal: Bordeaux, Brest, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Paris-Orly, Pau, Toulouse T1
Germania Düsseldorf (begins 1 November 2016),[12] Hamburg, Toulouse (begins 14 December 2016) T1
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn[13] T1
Iberia Madrid T1
Iberia Regional
operated by Air Nostrum
Madrid T1
Jetairfly[14] Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Brussels, Cuneo, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Deauville, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Nantes
Kolavia Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo T1
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich (begins 30 October 2016)[15] T1
Luxair Luxembourg T1
Niki Vienna T1
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Madrid (begins 1 November 2016),[16] Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Helsinki
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Istanbul-Sabiha-Gokcen T1
Qatar Airways Doha T1
Royal Air Maroc Bordeaux, Casablanca, El Aaiún, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Nantes, Nice, Paris-Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Medina
RAM Express Casablanca
Seasonal: Agadir, Errachidia, Ouarzazate
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Dole, Dublin,[17] Eindhoven, Girona, Hahn, Liverpool (begins 31 October 2016), London-Luton, London-Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Poitiers, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Seville, Tours, Weeze T1
Saudia Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina T1
SunExpress Deutschland Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna T1
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva T1
TAP Portugal Lisbon T1
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Agadir, Brussels, Liege T1
Thomson Airways Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, Manchester T1
Transavia Agadir, Amsterdam, Munich[18] T1
Transavia France Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Orly, Strasbourg T1
TUIfly Agadir, Basel/Mulhouse T1
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille T1


Item 2014 [19] 2007[20] 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Aircraft movements[21] 29,246 24,613 20,689 16,112 13,843 13,078
Passengers[22] 4,034,410 3,050,916 2,648,742 2,195,899 1,667,267 1,368,281 1,349,363
Freight (tons)[23] 1555.07 1307.99 2000.40 2286.86 2092.99 2197.70


 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 October 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. ^ "Air Arabia Maroc Adds Marrakesh - Frankfurt Service from Oct 2015". 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
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  11. ^,8486e160f4d8f310VgnCLD2000000ec6eb0aRCRD.html
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  14. ^ "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly. 
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  17. ^ New route to DUB
  18. ^ Transavia Opens Munich Base from late-March 2016
  19. ^ Source 2008 details: ONDA site
  20. ^ Source 2007 details: ONDA site
  21. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview movements aircraft MA, PDF document
  22. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview passengers MA, PDF document
  23. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview freight MA, PDF document

External links[edit]

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