Mohammed V International Airport

Coordinates: 33°22′02″N 007°35′23″W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972
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Mohammed V International Airport

مطار محمد الخامس الدولي

Maṭar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly ⴰⵣⴰⴳⵯⵣ ⴰⴳⵔⵖⵍⴰⵏ ⵎⵓⵃⵎⵎⴷ ⵡⵙ5
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerONDA
OperatorONDA
ServesCasablanca, Morocco
LocationNouasseur
Hub for
Elevation AMSL656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates33°22′02″N 007°35′23″W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972
Websitewww.onda.ma
Map
CMN is located in Morocco
CMN
CMN
Location of airport in Morocco
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
Statistics
Passengers (2022)7,637,643[1]
Passenger change 19-22Decrease -25.94%
Aircraft movements (2022)67,074
Economic & social impacts (2012)$731 million[2]

Mohammed V International Airport[a] IATA: CMN, ICAO: GMMN is an international airport serving Casablanca, Morocco. Located in Nouaceur Province, it is operated by ONDA (National Airports Office).

With about 7.6 million passengers passing through the airport in 2022, it was the busiest airport in Morocco and in the top 10 of busiest airports in Africa.[3] Passenger traffic in 2022 had recovered to 74% of the total pre-pandemic numbers of 2019.[4] The airport serves as hub for Royal Air Maroc,[5] Royal Air Maroc Express and Air Arabia Maroc. It is named after King Mohammed V of Morocco, who led the country's successful push for independence from French and Spanish colonial rule.

History

Transatlantic routes from Casablanca, September 1945
Terminal 1 interior
Arrivals area
Departure gates
Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800

1940s

The Casablanca Mohammed V Airport was originally built by the United States in early 1943 following Operation Torch in World War II. It was named Berrechid Airfield and it served as an auxiliary airfield for Casablanca's Anfa Airport.[6] 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.

1950s

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.

2020s

In 2022, Mohammed V Airport was ranked the 4th busiest airport in Africa.[7]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport:

AirlinesDestinations
Air Arabia Maroc Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Catania, Cuneo, Guelmim, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Lyon, Málaga, Montpellier, Naples, Pisa, Toulouse, Tunis, Venice
Seasonal: Seville[8]
Air Cairo Seasonal: Alexandria,[9] Sharm El Sheikh[10]
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan[11]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle,[12] Paris–Orly[13]
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass
Alexandria Airlines Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[14]
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Egyptair Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
flynas Jeddah[15]
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iberia Madrid
Kuwait Airways Kuwait City[16]
Lufthansa Frankfurt[17]
Mauritania Airlines Nouadhibou, Nouakchott
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc[18] Abidjan, Accra, Agadir, Amsterdam, Bamako, Bangui, Banjul, Barcelona, Beijing–Daxing, Bissau, Bologna,[19] Bordeaux, Brazzaville, Brussels, Cairo, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar–Diass, Dakhla, Doha, Douala, Dubai–International, Errachidia, Frankfurt, Freetown, Geneva, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kinshasa–N'djili, Laayoune, Lagos, Libreville, Lisbon, Lomé, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Luanda,[20] Lyon, Madrid, Malabo, Marrakesh, Marseille, Medina, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Monrovia–Roberts, Montpellier, Montréal–Trudeau, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nantes, Naples, New York–JFK, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Oujda, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Porto,[21] Praia, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville,[22] Strasbourg, Tel Aviv,[23] Toulouse, Tunis, Turin,[24] Venice, Washington–Dulles, Yaoundé
Royal Air Maroc Express[18] Agadir, Al Hoceima, Fès, Gran Canaria, Málaga, Marrakesh, Nador, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Tangier, Tan Tan, Tétouan, Valencia, Zagora
Saudia Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Marseille[25]
TUI fly Belgium Bologna, Brussels, Lille, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Seasonal: Antalya
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
Air France Cargo[26] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Lufthansa Cargo[27] Frankfurt
Med Airlines[28] Bamako, Dakar–Senghor, Lisbon, Paris–Orly, Tangier
Qatar Airways Cargo[29] Doha
Royal Air Maroc Cargo[30] Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Brussels, Douala, Frankfurt, Lagos, Libreville, London–Gatwick, Madrid
Turkish Cargo[31] Istanbul

Traffic

Annual passenger traffic at CMN airport. See Wikidata query.
Traffic[32] 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Average growth
2004–2009
Aircraft movements[32] 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[32] 7,245,508[33] +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)[32] 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%

Ground transport

The train station in Casablanca Mohammed V Airport

Rail

The Al Bidaoui train service, operated by ONCF from 04:00 to 23:00, is available every hour and connects the airport to Casablanca's two main railway stations, Casa-Port Railway Terminal and Casa-Voyageurs Railway Station.[34]

Car

Incidents and accidents

  • 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 eighty-two passengers and crew were killed.[36][37]

See also

References

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  15. ^ "Connectivity Scheme Fuels Flynas' International Growth".
  16. ^ Casey, David. "Manchester, Madrid and Moscow Among Kuwait Airways' Network Additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
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  34. ^ (in French) ONCF transfère la desserte de l’AEROPORT Mohamed V À CASA-PORT Archived 11 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine
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Notes

  1. ^ Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي, Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly; Berber languages: ⴰⵣⴰⴳⵯⵣ ⴰⴳⵔⵖⵍⴰⵏ ⵎⵓⵃⵎⵎⴷ ⵡⵙ5; French: Aéroport International de Mohammed V

External links

Media related to Mohammed V International Airport at Wikimedia Commons