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Airport Casablanca (Morocco) - Mohammed V

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Mohammed V International Airport
Aéroport international Mohammed V
Airport typePublic
ServesCasablanca, Morocco
Hub for
Elevation AMSL656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates33°2202N 007°3523W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972Coordinates: 33°2202N 007°3523W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972
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: ‎, Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly, 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.[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.

Mohammed V is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque.[11]



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

Afriqiyah Airways Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran
Air Arabia Maroc Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Catania,[12] Cuneo, Dakhla,[13] IstanbulSabiha Gökçen, Lyon, Montpellier, Naples, Toulouse, Venice
Air Canada MontréalTrudeau[14]
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Air Malta Malta[15]
Alitalia RomeFiumicino
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates DubaiInternational
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Flynas Jeddah
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iberia Regional Madrid
Libyan Airlines Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli
Seasonal: Sebha
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Mahan Air Charter: TehranImam Khomeini
Mauritania Airlines Nouakchott
Seasonal: Nouadhibou, Zouérat
Oman Air Muscat[16]
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Abidjan, Abuja (begins 31 March 2019),[17] Accra, Agadir, Algiers, AmmanQueen Alia (begins 1 April 2019),[17] Amsterdam, Athens (begins 2 April 2019),[18] Bamako, Banjul, Barcelona, Beirut, Beni Mellal, BerlinTegel, Bilbao,[19] Bissau, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brazzaville, Brussels, Cairo, Conakry, Copenhagen, Cotonou, DakarDiass, Dakhla, Doha, Douala, Fes, Frankfurt, Freetown, Geneva, Gran Canaria, IstanbulAtatürk, Jeddah, Kinshasa, Laayoune, Lagos, Libreville, Lisbon, Lomé, LondonGatwick, LondonHeathrow, Luanda, Lyon, Madrid, Malabo, Málaga, Manchester,[19] Marrakesh, Marseille, Miami (begins 3 April, 2019)[20], Medina, MilanMalpensa, Monrovia, Montpellier, MontréalTrudeau, MoscowDomodedovo,[21] Munich, N'Djamena, NairobiJomo Kenyatta, Nantes, Naples,[19] New YorkJFK, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Ouarzazate, Oujda, ParisCharles de Gaulle, ParisOrly, Pointe Noire, Porto,[19] Praia, Rio de JaneiroGaleão, Riyadh, RomeFiumicino, Sal, São PauloGuarulhos, StockholmArlanda, Strasbourg, Tangier, Toulouse, Tripoli, Tunis, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Vienna (resumes 1 April 2019),[17] WashingtonDulles,[22] Yaoundé, Zürich
Seasonal: Al-Hoceima, Kano, Tétouan
Royal Air Maroc Express Agadir, Al-Hoceima, Dakhla, Essaouira, Fes, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakesh, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier, TenerifeNorth, Tétouan
Seasonal: Guelmim, Tan-Tan, Ouarzazate, Zagora
Saudia Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Nantes,[23] ParisOrly
TUI fly Belgium Charleroi
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Liège, Metz/Nancy, Milan-Malpensa, ParisOrly[24]
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Monastir
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk (ends 31 December 2018),[25] IstanbulHavaliman (begins 1 January 2019)[25]
Charter: Antalya
Vueling Barcelona
Air France Cargo Nairobi, ParisCharles de Gaulle
DHL Airways Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, ParisCharles de Gaulle
Med Airlines Bamako, DakarSenghor, Lisbon, ParisOrly, Tangier
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Royal Air Maroc Cargo Addis Ababa, Algiers, Barcelona, BeijingCapital, Brussels, Cairo, DubaiInternational, El Aaiún, Hong Kong, Libreville, Lisbon, LondonHeathrow, MilanMalpensa, ParisOrly, New YorkJFK, Recife, RomeFiumicino, Tangier, WashingtonDulles, Zaragoza
UPS Airlines LondonGatwick, Louisville, Madrid, Newark, RomeFiumicino
Turkish Airlines Cargo IstanbulAtatürk, Madrid


Traffic[26] 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Average growth
Aircraft movements[26] 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[26] 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)[26] 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 transportation


A train service (from 04:00 to 23:00) is available every hour from Casablanca Port station to the Casablanca airport.[27]


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.[29][30]
  • 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.[30][31]

See also


  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. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. 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. ^ "Je suis professionel" [I'm a business traveller]. ONDA (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  12. ^ Air Arabia Maroc adds Catania service in S17 Routesonline. 4 January 2017.
  13. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/278983/air-arabia-maroc-adds-dakhla-service-from-oct-2018/
  14. ^ "Air Canada Expands its Global Network from Montreal with New Service to Bucharest, Romania and Lisbon, Portugal". aircanada.mediaroom.com. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  15. ^ airmalta resumes Casablanca service from March 2018 Routesonline. 29 November 2017.
  16. ^ Oman Air plans new destiantions in S18 Routesonline. 9 February 2018.
  17. ^ a b c https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/281307/royal-air-maroc-schedules-new-shortmid-haul-routes-in-s19/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=airlineroute&utm_campaign=airlineroute&utm_content=airlineroute-20181101
  18. ^ http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/transport/airlines/32711-royal-air-maroc-new-route-between-casablanca-and-athens.html
  19. ^ a b c d Royal Air Maroc S17 Europe service additions Routesonline. 28 December 2016.
  20. ^ https://worldairlinenews.com/2018/08/20/royal-air-maroc-is-coming-to-miami-a-new-link-to-africa/
  21. ^ Royal Air Maroc Moscow service changes from March 2018 Routesonline. 10 November 2017.
  22. ^ Royal Air Maroc Adds Washington Dulles Service from Sep 2016
  23. ^ Transavia France schedules additional new routes in S18 Routesonline. 11 December 2017.
  24. ^ https://www.tuifly.be/en/destinations/morocco/casablanca-t1
  25. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New in late 4Q18". ch-aviation.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  26. ^ a b c d "Casablanca Airport Passenger Statistics for 2008" (PDF). ONDA. 2008.[dead link]
  27. ^ (in French) ONCF transfère la desserte de lAEROPORT Mohamed V À CASA-PORT
  28. ^ (in French) Accès par route
  29. ^ "ATR-42 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  30. ^ a b "Fatal Events Since 1970 for Royal Air Maroc". airsafe.com. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  31. ^ "SE-210 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009.

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