Marrakesh Menara Airport

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Marrakesh Menara Airport

Aéroport Marrakech Ménara

مطار مراكش المنارة
2010-06-22 - Marrakesch - Flughafen - panoramio.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorONDA and Royal Air Force
LocationMarrakesh, Morocco
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL1,545 ft / 471 m
Coordinates31°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, 2018)
Aircraft movements (2008)31,523
Passengers (2019)6.396.394
Freight (tons) (2008)1,512.55
Passenger change 18-19Increase 21,53%

Marrakesh Menara Airport (Berber languages: ⴰⵣⴰⴳⵯⵣ ⵎⵕⵕⴰⴽⵛ ⵎⵉⵏⴰⵕⴰ, French: Aéroport Marrakech Ménara, Arabic: مطار مراكش المنارة, IATA: RAK, ICAO: GMMX) is an international airport serving Marrakesh,[2] the capital city of the Marrakesh-Safi 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 6.3 million passengers in 2019.[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.

Facilities[edit]

Check-in hall
Apron view

Terminal[edit]

Menara Airport has two passenger terminals housed in one large building. A third terminal has been built. The existing T1/T2 offer a space of 42,000 m2 and have a designed capacity of 9 million passengers/year. The separate freight-terminal has 340m2 covered space[4] 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.[5]

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]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Marrakesh Menara Airport:

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Athens (resumes 22 December 2022)[6]
Air Arabia Maroc Fez,[7] Montpellier,[citation needed] Tangier
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga (begins 31 October 2022)[8]
Air Europa Madrid[9]
Seasonal: Málaga,[10] Palma de Mallorca[10]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle[11]
Animawings Seasonal charter: Bucharest[12]
Arkia Tel Aviv[13]
Austrian Airlines Vienna[14]
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Funchal,[15] Tenerife–North[16]
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest
British Airways London–Gatwick
Seasonal: London–Heathrow[17]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[18]
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Sofia[19]
easyJetBasel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Geneva, Lisbon (begins 31 October 2022),[20] London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin (ends 27 October 2022)[21]
Edelweiss AirSeasonal: Zurich
El AlTel Aviv[22]
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn (begins 2 April 2023),[23] Düsseldorf, Hamburg (begins 1 April 2023),[23] Stuttgart (begins 1 April 2023)[23]
Eurowings DiscoverFrankfurt, Munich[24]
IberiaMadrid
Israir AirlinesTel Aviv[25]
LuxairSeasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen
Seasonal: Oslo (resumes 5 November 2022), Stockholm–Arlanda (resumes 24 December 2022)[26]
Royal Air MarocBarcelona, Bordeaux, Brussels,[27] Casablanca, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins 31 October 2022),[28] Paris–Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Medina
Royal Air Maroc ExpressCasablanca, Ouarzazate
RyanairAlicante, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Dole, Dublin,[29] Edinburgh,[30] Eindhoven, Gran Canaria,[31] Limoges,[31] Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester,[32] Marseille, Naples, Nimes, Perpignan,[33] Pisa, Porto,[34] Rome–Ciampino, Santander,[33] Seville, Toulouse,[35] Tours, Treviso, Turin, Valencia, Weeze, Zaragoza
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
SaudiaSeasonal: Jeddah[36]
Swiss International Air LinesGeneva
TAP Air PortugalLisbon
TransaviaAmsterdam, Eindhoven, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Marseille (begins 2 November 2022)[37]
TUI Airways[38]Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol
TUI fly Belgium[39]Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Lille, Nantes, Paris–Orly, Turin
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse,[40] Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Nice, Rotterdam,[41] Strasbourg, Toulouse
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
VoloteaStrasbourg[42]
Seasonal: Lille (begins 13 October 2022)[43]
VuelingBarcelona,[44] Málaga, Seville[45]
Wizz Air London–Gatwick (begins 30 October 2022),[46] Milan–Malpensa, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[47]

Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at RAK airport. See Wikidata query.
Item 2018 2017 2016 2014[48] 2007[49] 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Aircraft movements[50] 29,246 24,613 20,689 16,112 13,843 13,078
Passengers[51][52] 5,300,000 4,359,865 3,894,227 4,034,410 3,050,916 2,648,742 2,195,899 1,667,267 1,368,281 1,349,363
Freight (tons)[53] 1555.07 1307.99 2000.40 2286.86 2092.99 2197.70

Ground transport[edit]

The Spanish bus company Alsa operates regular Route 19 buses every day between Marrakesh Menara airport and both the medina (the stop is in a row of bus stops opposite the Koutoubia Mosque) and the new town.[citation needed]

References[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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  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. ^ ONDA Website: Presentation RAK, visited 10 June 2012
  5. ^ ONDA website on the VIP service, visited 17 March 2012
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  26. ^ "Norwegian Resumes 4 Seasonal Routes from Stockholm in NW22".
  27. ^ "Brussels Airport presents Summer 2022 schedule; 6 new destinations and 4 new airlines". 17 March 2022.
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  37. ^ "Cet hiver, Transavia ouvre 3 nouvelles lignes internationales au départ de Marseille - Région - Société - Maritima.Info". 23 August 2022.
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  41. ^ "Meer TUI-vluchten vanuit Rotterdam". 21 April 2022.
  42. ^ "Morocco World News | Morocco news, Morocco Latest News".
  43. ^ "Volotea volará desde Tenerife, Fuerteventura y Lanzarote a Lille". 21 July 2022.
  44. ^ "Vueling : du nouveau à Paris et Marrakech | Air Journal". Air-journal.fr. 8 March 2022. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  45. ^ "Vueling lance en juillet une nouvelle ligne reliant Séville à Marrakech". 10 January 2020.
  46. ^ "Wizz Air to launch Sharm el Sheikh this winter".
  47. ^ Tempo di lettura 2 minuti (13 May 2021). "Wizz Air apre base a Roma Fiumicino - WEtravel". Wetravel.biz. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  48. ^ Source 2008 details: ONDA site[permanent dead link]
  49. ^ Source 2007 details: ONDA site[permanent dead link]
  50. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview movements aircraft MA Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, PDF document
  51. ^ 2018 details from: Overview movements aircraft MA, PDF document
  52. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview passengers MA Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, PDF document
  53. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview freight MA Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, PDF document

External links[edit]

Media related to Marrakech-Menara Airport at Wikimedia Commons