Moroccan Airports Authority
|المكتب الوطني للمطارات|
|Headquarters||Mohammed V International Airport
The Moroccan Airports Authority (French: Office National Des Aéroports, ONDA, Arabic: المكتب الوطني للمطارات) is the Moroccan airport operator and administrator. The company headquarters are based in Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.
- 1 History
- 2 Milestones
- 3 Partnerships and agreements
- 4 New developments and plans
- 5 Salon Convives de Marque
- 6 Statistics
- 7 References
- 8 External links
ONDA was established in July 1990 under parliamentary law 14-89. Prior to then, Morocco's airports were administered by the Moroccan Ministry of transport. One year later, ONDA inaugurated Al Massira Airport in Agadir. On 15 September 2003, Abdelhanine Benallou, was nominated as new general manager of ONDA.
Although Morocco has its share in aircraft accidents, the number of serious incidents with fatalities directly related to an airport (approach, take-off or on ground accidents) are very low. The total number of accidents with fatalities in Morocco is 19, resulting in 792 deaths. The same numbers for events directly related to airports are 5 resp. 171. The majority of the airport related incidents are long ago, the last incident in 1986.
- Menara Airport in Marrakech celebrated the arrival of the two millionth passenger on 23 November 2005.
Partnerships and agreements
ONDA helped in supervising the construction of Yasser Arafat International Airport which Mohammed V International Airport is twinned with. It also organized training programs for Palestinian engineers in Morocco in 1997 just months before the inauguration of the airport in Gaza in December 1998.
New developments and plans
Around 2004 ONDA created a masterplan to upgrade many facilities by 2010. The main projects are: (the planned completion date in brackets)
Mohammed V International Airport - Casablanca
- build a new terminal of 60,000 m² and a total yearly capacity of 10 mln people. (end 2006)
- upgrade terminal 1: general overhaul and upgrade T1 to increase traffic-safety (May 2007)
- build new cargo terminal of 30,000 m² and 150,000 tonnes/year. (2007)
- build 10 extra aircraft stands (unknown)
- new parking facility and transport link (unknown)
- reconfigure aprons (unknown)
Al Massira Airport - Agadir
- Reshaping the trade zone
- Air-conditioning of the air terminal
- Strengthening the versatile side of the movement area
Menara Airport - Marrakech
- Reshaping and extending Terminal 1 (2006)
- new terminal, aircraft stands and transport links (2008)
- work on cargo-terminal, taxiway parallel to runway, maintenance infra (unknown)
- Building new terminal to separate military and commercial activities (2007)
- and other works, including control-tower and national fence
- new passenger terminal (2007)
- extending runway, build parking apron, new taxi-way and two support buildings
Ibn Battouta - Tanger
- reshape and extend existing terminal (2007 and phase 2:2015)
- extending plane-areas: general, runway, plane park, vehicle parking etc.
- restructure air terminal (2007)
- new roads, new ONDA centre, new pedestrian path etc.
Apart from these larger plans some other smaller changes are planned around many airports around the country.
Salon Convives de Marque
Under the name Salon Convives de Marque ONDA offers VIP lounge services at some of the airports it manages. Services offered include access to the VIP lounge, assistance during check-in, retrieving luggage, boarding and assistance with the 'formalities' (passport-control, security etc.) (fast lanes or priority boarding).
The VIP service is not linked to any specific airline: anyone can apply for membership. Currently the VIP service is offered at the following airports: Mohammed V (Casablanca), Rabat-Salé, Fes-Saïss, Agadir, Marrakech and Tangier
As the national operator for all public airports in Morocco the information they publish on flight-movements give a strong indication of the development of visitors and flights to the country. Also the cargo-figures tell something about the economy.
The ONDA publishes monthly reports which contain number of passengers per airport and an over-all total of aircraft-movements (landings and take-offs) and cargo figures for the whole country.
Despite the international crisis, which hits Europe and North-America the most, the Moroccan airport authority reports continuously increasing passenger-numbers, aircraft-movements and processed cargo.
The summer-months are by far the busiest months for passengers. Not only tourists traveling to the main tourist locations as Marrakesh and Agadir see high volumes of passengers, also the airports in the North of Morocco see increasing passenger-numbers. Moroccans who live in Europe tend to visit family during the summer and although many of them still come over by ferry increasing numbers of people come by air. Other indications of this are for example:
- Ryanair operating regular flights to/from Nador, Fes, Oujda, Tanger and then also Marrakesh and Agadir in the South
- In the summer months at least once a week the scheduled flights operated by Royal Air Maroc use a Boeing 747 instead of the normal Boeing 737
- other cheap airlines like Jet4you, Germanwings and AirArabiaMaroc operate scheduled flights to the Northern cities like Oujda, Nador, Fes, Al-Hoceima and Tanger
The increase in passengers overall in 2010, compared to 2009 was +14,93% and this trend continued in 2011 - although not as spectacular. The year-on-year growth in passengernumbers in July 2011 was still +6,28%
Unlike the passenger-numbers the amount of cargo to and from Moroccan airports is quite stable after an initial drop around 2008.
By far the majority of traffic comes from Europe, where France is responsible for 30-35% of all traffic and the rest of Europe produces 40-45% of all traffic. Domestic flights are responsible for 10% of traffic. Other destinations to/from Morocco are North America (2-2,5%), Middle & Far-East (5%) and Africa (Maghreb: 3,5; rest of Africa: 6%)
- Figures from Aviation Saf. database. report Morocco. Retrieved July 27, 2008
- Airport related incidents from same source. Only accidents from 1950 counted and only when directly related to Moroccan airports (APR, Init clb etc).
- ONDA website, Retrieved 15 July 2008
- ONDA website on Services, (French), Retrieved 17 March 2012
- Application form, Retrieved 17 March 2012
- ONDA statistics on December 2010, retrieved 11 December 2011
- ONDA statistics on December 2010, Retrieved 11 December 2011