Mohammed V International Airport

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Mohammed V International Airport
Aéroport international Mohammed V
مطار محمد الخامس الدولي
Flughafen Airport Casablanca 2008 - panoramio.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator ONDA
Serves Casablanca, Morocco
Location Nouasseur
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates 33°22′02″N 007°35′23″W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972Coordinates: 33°22′02″N 007°35′23″W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972
CMN is located in Morocco
Location of airport in Morocco
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2009, 2010)
Aircraftmovements (2009) 69,119
Passengers (2015) 8,180,083[1]
Freight (tons) (2009) 53,469
Economic & social impacts (2012) $731 million[2]
Source: DAFIF[3][4]

Mohammed V International Airport (French: Aéroport international Mohammed V, Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي‎‎, Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly, IATA: CMNICAO: 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.[5][6][7][8][9] In August 2014, ONDA reported a year-on-year increase of 7.28% passenger traffic, to 918,238.[10] The airport serves as hub for Morocco's flag carrier Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly, Air Arabia Maroc and RAM Express. It is named after King Mohammed V of Morocco.



Transatlantic routes from Casablanca, September 1945

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.[citation needed] 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.

Even today, most locals still refer to the airport simply as "Nouaceur", which is the name of the province it is in.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


A Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200 on the airport ramp in 2011.
A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 at the airport in 2006. The airline has its main hub at Mohammed V Airport.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Afriqiyah Airways Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli 2
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran 1
Air Arabia Maroc Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Catania[11] Cuneo, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Lyon, Montpellier, Naples, Toulouse, Venice-Marco Polo 2
Air Canada Rouge Montréal-Trudeau 2
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Air Mediterranean Athens 2
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 2
Binter Canarias
operated by Naysa
Gran Canaria 2
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya 2
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Dubai-International 2
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn 2
Flynas Jeddah 2
Iberia Madrid 2
Libyan Airlines Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli
Seasonal: Sebha
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Mahan Air Charter: Tehran-Imam Khomeini 2
Mauritania Airlines International Nouakchott
Seasonal: Nouadhibou, Zouérat
Qatar Airways Doha 2
Royal Air Maroc Agadir, Algiers, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Cairo, Dakhla, Doha, Fes, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Laayoune, Madrid, Málaga, Milan-Malpensa, Medina, Montréal-Trudeau, New York-JFK, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, Turin, Valencia, Venice-Marco Polo 1
Royal Air Maroc Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Bamako, Banjul, Beirut, Beni Mellal, Berlin-Tegel, Bilbao [12] Bissau, Bordeaux, Brazzaville, Brussels, Conakry, Copenhagen, Cotonou, Dakar, Douala, Frankfurt, Freetown, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lisbon, Lomé, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Luanda, Lyon, Malabo, Manchester[12] Marrakech, Marseille, Monrovia, Montpellier, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, N'Djamena, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Nantes, Naples[12] Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Pointe Noire, Porto [12] Praia, Sal, Stockholm-Arlanda, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Washington-Dulles,[13] Yaoundé, Zürich
Seasonal: Al-Hoceima, Kano, Tétouan
Royal Air Maroc
operated by Royal Air Maroc Express
Agadir, Al-Hoceima, Dakhla, Essaouira, Fes, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier, Tenerife-North, Tétouan
Seasonal: Guelmim, Tan-Tan, Ouarzazate, Zagora
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh, Medina 1
TAP Portugal Lisbon 2
TAP Portugal
operated by TAP Express
Lisbon 2
Transavia Amsterdam 2
Transavia France Paris-Orly 2
TUI fly Belgium Bordeaux, Charleroi, Metz/Nancy, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Liège
Seasonal charter: Rome-Fiumicino[14]
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Monastir
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
Vueling Barcelona 2


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Nairobi, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
DHL Airways Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
Med Airlines Maroc Bamako, Dakar, Lisbon, Paris-Orly, Tangier
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Royal Air Maroc Cargo Addis Ababa, Algiers, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai-International, El Aaiún, Hong Kong, Libreville, Lisbon, London-Heathrow, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly, New York-JFK, Recife, Rome-Fiumicino, Tangier, Washington-Dulles, Zaragoza
UPS Airlines London-Gatwick, Louisville, Madrid, Newark, Rome-Fiumicino
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Madrid


Traffic[15] 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Average growth
Aircraft movements[15] n/a 69,119 +1.11% 68,362 −2.5% 70,080 +7.6% 65,111 +9.2% 59,621 +13.9% 52,336 +5.86%
Passengers[15] 7,245,508[9] +13,28 6,395,862 +2.95% 6,209,711 +6.0% 5,858,192 +15.5% 5,071,411 +12.1% 4,456,639 +17.1% 3,803,479 +10.73%
Freight (tons)[15] n/a 53,469 -6.06% 56,919 −6.5% 60,682 +9.3% 55,673 +10.7% 50,285 +6.5% 47,152 +2.79%

Passenger services[edit]

Mohammed V is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque.[16]

Ground transportation[edit]

A train service (from 04:00 to 23:00) is available every hour from Casablanca Port station to the Casablanca airport.[17]

Many private shuttle companies and taxi serve Casablanca airport.


Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 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. It is said that the captain disconnected the autopilot and let the plane crash deliberately. The Moroccan Pilots Union challenged these findings.[19][20]
  • 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.[20][21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "21 janvier 2016 - Statistiques : Trafic aérien" [Mohammed V Airport Air Traffic in 2015] (Press release) (in French). Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA). 21 January 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Mohammed V International airport – Economic and social impacts". Ecquants. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Airport information for GMMN from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  4. ^ Airport information for CMN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  5. ^ "Aéroport Mohammed V Trafic aérien en 2014" [Mohammed V Airport Air Traffic in 2014] (pdf) (Press release) (in French). Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA). 30 January 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Passenger Statistics - O.R. Tambo International Airport". Airports Company South Africa. 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Passenger Statistics - Cape Town International Airport". Airports Company South Africa. 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "EHCAAN Statistics". Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Aéroports du Maroc: Trafic du mois de Décembre 2010" [Airports of Morocco: Traffic for December 2010 (2010-12)] (PDF) (Press release) (in French). Office Nationale des Aéroports. 
  10. ^ "Communiqué Statistics AOUT 2014" [Statistical Report, AUGUST 2014] (PDF) (in French). ONDA. August 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b c d "Royal Air Maroc S17 Europe service additions". Routes Online. 28 December 2016. 
  13. ^ Royal Air Maroc Adds Washington Dulles Service from Sep 2016
  14. ^
  15. ^ a b c d "Casablanca Airport Passenger Statistics for 2008" (PDF). ONDA. 2008. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Je suis professionel" [I'm a business traveller]. ONDA (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  17. ^ (in French) ONCF transfère la desserte de l’AEROPORT Mohamed V À CASA-PORT
  18. ^ (in French) Accès par route
  19. ^ "ATR-42 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  20. ^ a b "Fatal Events Since 1970 for Royal Air Maroc". 1 June 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "SE-210 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Mohammed V International Airport at Wikimedia Commons