Mohammed V International Airport
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Mohammed V International Airport
Aéroport international Mohammed V
مطار محمد الخامس الدولي
ⴰⵣⴰⴳⵯⵣ ⴰⴳⵔⵖⵍⴰⵏ ⵎⵓⵃⵎⵎⴷ ⵡⵙ5
|Elevation AMSL||656 ft / 200 m|
|Statistics (2009, 2010)|
Mohammed V International Airport (French: Aéroport international Mohammed V; Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي, Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly; Berber: ⴰⵣⴰⴳⵯⵣ ⴰⴳⵔⵖⵍⴰⵏ ⵎⵓⵃⵎⵎⴷ ⵡⵙ5; IATA: CMN, ICAO: GMMN) is an international airport serving Casablanca, Morocco. Located in Nouaceur Province, it is operated by ONDA (National Airports Office). With just under 8 million passengers passing through the airport in 2014, it was the busiest airport in Morocco and the fourth busiest in Africa. In August 2014, ONDA reported a year-on-year increase of 7.28% passenger traffic, to 918,238. The airport serves as hub for Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly, Air Arabia Maroc and RAM Express. It is named after King Mohammed V of Morocco.
The Casablanca Mohammed V Airport was originally built by the United States in early 1943 during World War II as an auxiliary airfield for Casablanca's Anfa Airport and was named Berrechid Airfield. The airfield handled diverse military traffic as a stopover en route to Port Lyautey Airfield, and to Marrakech Airport on the North African Cairo-Dakar route. In addition, it was the terminus of Mid-Atlantic route transatlantic flights via the Azores to Nova Scotia and airfields on the East Coast of the United States.
In addition to its transportation role, the airfield supported the North African Campaign with the Twelfth Air Force 68th Reconnaissance Group operating photo-reconnaissance versions of the P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang. Part 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-reconnaissance combat missions over German-held territory until early September when it moved east to Massicault Airfield in Tunisia. With the end of the war in 1945, the airfield was handed over to the civil government.
During the Cold War in the early and middle 1950s, the airfield was reopened as Nouasseur Air Base and was used as a United States Air Force Strategic Air Command staging area for B-47 Stratojet bombers pointed at the Soviet Union. These operations later moved to Ben Guerir Air Base.
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 its bases out of Morocco, insisting on such action after American intervention in Lebanon in 1958. The United States agreed to leave in December 1959, and was fully out of Morocco by 1963. The U.S. felt that, with the long range of the B-52 and completion of Spanish bases in 1959, the Moroccan bases were no longer important.
Airlines and destinations
A train service (from 04:00 to 23:00) is available every hour from Casablanca Port station to the Casablanca airport.
- From Casablanca main access is by A3 Motorway;
- From Rabat by A1 Motorway through Tit Mellil and Road N9;
- From Beni Mellal by A4 Motorway;
- From Marrakech by A3 Motorway exit km 225;
- From El Jadida by A1 Motorway and A3 Motorway.
Incidents and accidents
- On 24 August 1994, a Royal Air Maroc ATR-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. Allegedly, the captain disconnected the autopilot and let the plane crash deliberately, but the Moroccan Pilots Union challenged these findings.
- On 1 April 1970, a Royal Air Maroc Sud 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.
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- Airport information for CMN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
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- Air Arabia apre Pisa – Casablanca dal 1 aprile 2019
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- Media related to Mohammed V International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Mohammed V International Airport
- Moroccan Airports Authority
- Accident history for CMN at Aviation Safety Network
- Aeronautical chart for GMMN at SkyVector
- Current weather for GMMN at NOAA/NWS