Marrakesh Menara Airport

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Marrakesh Menara Airport

Aéroport Marrakech Ménara

مطار مراكش المنارة
2010-06-22 - Marrakesch - Flughafen - panoramio.jpg
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
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 (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-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 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


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 has a designed capacity of 4.5 million passengers/year. The separate freight-terminal has 340m2 covered space[5] 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.[6]

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]

Buses into the city[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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana[citation needed]
Air Arabia Maroc Dakhla, Fez,[7] Frankfurt, London–Gatwick, Montpellier, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pau, Tangier, Vienna, Zagora[citation needed]
Air Europa Madrid[8]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle[9]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
BH Air Seasonal charter: Sofia
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Tenerife–North[10]
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest
British Airways London–Gatwick
Seasonal: London–Heathrow[11]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Sofia
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
Seasonal charter: Oslo–Gardermoen
Croatia Airlines Seasonal charter: Zagreb
easyJet Bordeaux, London–Gatwick, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes (begins 1 April 2019), Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Iberia Madrid
Laudamotion Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel (ends 27 March 2019),[12][13] Düsseldorf, Vienna
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Mahan Air Seasonal charter: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Helsinki,[14] Madrid, Oslo–Gardermoen
Qatar Airways Doha1
Royal Air Maroc Bordeaux, Casablanca, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris–Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Medina, Munich
Royal Air Maroc Express Casablanca
Ryanair Athens, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Budapest, Châlons–Vatry, Catania,[15] Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn,[16] Dole, Dublin,[17] Eindhoven, Hahn, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,[15] Krakow,[16] Liverpool, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Naples,[15] Nimes,[16] Nuremberg,[15] Perpignan,[16] Poitiers, Pisa, Porto,[15] Prague,[15] Rome–Ciampino, Santander,[16] Seville, Tours, Treviso,[16] Valencia, Stuttgart, Weeze
Seasonal: Bratislava, Stockholm–Skavsta
Saudia Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Thomas Cook Airlines Manchester [18]
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Transavia France Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Bristol,[19] London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
Seasonal: Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Deauville, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz–Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Orly, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Turin[20]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Havalimanı (begins 31 March 2019)[21]
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Warsaw–Chopin
  • ^1 : Qatar Airways's flight from Doha to Marrakesh makes a stop in Casablanca. However, the flight from Marrakesh to Doha is nonstop.


Item 2014 [22] 2007[23] 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Aircraft movements[24] 29,246 24,613 20,689 16,112 13,843 13,078
Passengers[25] 4,034,410 3,050,916 2,648,742 2,195,899 1,667,267 1,368,281 1,349,363
Freight (tons)[26] 1555.07 1307.99 2000.40 2286.86 2092.99 2197.70


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  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: Presentation RAK, visited 10 June 2012
  6. ^ ONDA website on the VIP service, visited 17 March 2012
  7. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Air Arabia Maroc expands Fez routes from June 2017".
  8. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Air Europa plans Marrakech launch in Dec 2017".
  9. ^ Rédaction, La. "Air France lance Marrakech et Porto au départ de Paris CDG".
  10. ^ "Aviso".
  11. ^ "British Airways launches Marrakech route from Heathrow".
  12. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Laudamotion expands Berlin network in W18". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  13. ^ "Ryanair to swap German bases with LaudaMotion". 20 October 2018.
  14. ^ Norwegian to open new connection from Helsinki to Marrakech (in Finnish). Retrieved 21 June 2017
  15. ^ a b c d e f 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Marrakech network in W18".
  16. ^ a b c d e f 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17".
  17. ^ "Ryanair Launches Dublin S18 Schedule – 5 New Routes To Marrakech, Munich, Naples, Paphos & Stuttgart". Ryanair DAC. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  18. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Thomas Cook UK plans Manchester – Marrakech Nov 2018 launch".
  19. ^ "Flight Timetable". 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  20. ^ "- TUI fly was".
  21. ^ "Turkish Airlines plans Marrakech service from late-Mar 2019". routesonline. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  22. ^ Source 2008 details: ONDA site[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ Source 2007 details: ONDA site[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview movements aircraft MA Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., PDF document
  25. ^ Details up to 2006 from: Overview passengers MA Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., PDF document
  26. ^ 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