Nador International Airport
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|Nador International Airport
Anafag n Ennaḍor Aɛarwi (Berber)
مطار الناظور العروي (Arabic)
El Aroui Airport
|Elevation AMSL||574 ft / 175 m|
Nador International Airport (Berber: Anafag n Ennaḍor Aɛarwi; Arabic: مطار الناظور العروي), (IATA: NDR, ICAO: GMMW), is an international airport serving Nador, a city in the Oriental region in Morocco. It is also known as Arwi Airport.
An initial airport was created in 1931 in the village of Tawima (south of Nador town) and was the primary airport for Melilla, (now) a Spanish enclave to the north. Following the independence of the Morocco, Melilla began steps in creating an airport within Spanish control. In 1969 Melilla Airport opened to provide air travel within the Spanish enclave.
Nador is a small international airport with links to Morocco's main airports and some European destinations such as Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. In the summer season it becomes a very busy airport when many Moroccan nationals living in Western Europe and originating from the Rif region (Riffian people) travel through it. The Nador airport is owned and run by the state company ONDA. The main user is Royal Air Maroc but also low-cost carriers like Ryanair fly to Nador.
Although most flights are operated using the smaller Boeing 737 or similar, in the summer months the demand for seats is so high that Royal Air Maroc operated weekly flights from Amsterdam Schiphol and Brussels using their Boeing 747 but in 2012 these flights were replaced by "normal" Boeing 737 flights. The runway and stand are designed to handle Jumbo's but the facilities like passport control get overwhelmed when a full B-747 arrives
In the year 2009 the airport handled over 307,000 passengers.
Terminal and passenger facilities
Nador International Airport has a single terminal, divided into arrivals and departures, both on the ground floor. Check-in terminals are located at one side of the main terminal hall, while the other side is for baggage retrieval for arriving customers.
The original location at Taouima moved to El Aroui, some 14 miles (24 km) south-southwest of Nador city. The airport lies nearly directly along the N2 national road. There is no public transport to the airport. Directly in front of the terminal there is a large (paid) parking-place which is mainly used for people bringing or picking up of passengers.
Also outside the terminal there are many Grand Taxis offering shared connections with most major destinations for people flying to Nador. The taxis are also often offered for private-hire: thus where there is only one (group of) passenger(s). As the airport is far beyond any city-limits there are no Petit Taxis available at the airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Arabia Maroc||Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Montpellier, Palma de Mallorca|
|Brussels Airlines||Seasonal charter: Brussels (begins 24 June 2017)|
|Corendon Dutch Airlines||Amsterdam|
operated by Germanwings
|Royal Air Maroc||Amsterdam, Brussels, Tangier
Seasonal: Casablanca, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt
|Royal Air Maroc
operated by Royal Air Maroc Express
|Ryanair||Barcelona, Beauvais, Charleroi, Hahn, Marseille, Weeze (begins 27 March 2017)|
|SunExpress Deutschland||Charter: Cologne/Bonn
Seasonal charter: Amsterdam, Düsseldorf
|Transavia||Seasonal charter: Amsterdam|
|TUI fly Belgium||Antwerp, Charleroi, Eindhoven
Seasonal: Brussels (begins 26 June 2017), Liège (begins 28 June 2017)
Access to the airport
The airport is located at Al Arouit and approximately 30 km. from Nador city by road. Other than taxis, no public transport is available. On arrival, meeting incoming flights many grand taxis wait outside the terminal and offer transfers to most regional cities. A paid car-park area is directly outside terminal, mainly used to bring passengers or pick up arriving passengers. The roads between the airport and Nador city are in good condition and signposted in Arabic and French. The airport lies directly along the main national route N2 (from Tangier to Oujda). From the airport the route to the city uses this N2 in Easterly direction to the North going route N15 to the city.
Like other Moroccan airports the traffic is very seasonal. All through the year Royal Air Maroc (in codeshare with Atlas Blue) flies several times per week to Brussels and Amsterdam, but in the summer-season more flights are scheduled. In the peak-season RAM even uses their Boeing 747 Jumbo-jet every week on the route to/from Amsterdam and Brussels instead of the smaller Boeing 737 the rest of the year.
In the two summer months nearly a third of the annual traffic is handled by the airport. Because Nador and surroundings isn't (yet) a tourist-destination such as Agadir or Marrakesh nearly all passengers are Moroccan nationals (incl. 2nd and 3rd generation) visiting relatives.
|Item||2010||Change %||2009||Change %||2008||change %||2007||2006||2005||2004||2003||2002|
|Passengers||442,508||+43.30%||308,789||+ 44.94%||213,045||+ 25.50%||171,293||110,589||94,380||89,287||81,604||82,010|
|Cargo (Metric tons)||n/a||n/a||3.98||- 28.80%||5.59||- 63.58%||15.35||92.33||22.04||74.36||17.27||20.30|
The airport has one runway, approximately 3,000 metres long and 45 metres wide. It can handle commercial aircraft up to a Boeing 747. Total aircraft parking space is 54,000 m², enough for two Boeing 747s or four Boeing 737s.
- Airport information for GMMW from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for NDR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- ONDA website on access for Nador Airport
- Nador Information on Marokko-Info.nl
- Passenger statistics for December 2010 with year-totals 2009 and 2010, visited 25 April 2011
- Airport Presentation page on ONDA website on Nador Airport, visited 31 July 2010
- source details 2008:Official ONDA report 2007-2008
- 2007 statistics Source: ONDA PDF-Document
- Statistics until 2006 from Overview passengers stats MA, PDF document
- Statistics until 2006 from Statistics Movements, PDF document
- (for 2010 only passenger figures available
- Statistics until 2006 from freight stats, PDF document
- In the summer months Royal Air Maroc flies Boeing 747 services from Amsterdam and Brussels to Nador.
- ONDA website Présentation Nador, (French), Visited 17 March 2012
Media related to Nador - El Aroui Airport at Wikimedia Commons