Morocco’s airports handle record 1.6 million passengers in July; passenger numbers up 15% in first seven months

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TAP Portugal has taken advantage of the growing Moroccan market and launched a route between Lisbon and Marrakech in June. The strongest growth has, however, been recorded in Fez, Nador and Tangier where Ryanair and Spanair have launched routes this spring.

Being on the periphery of Europe appears to be an advantage at the moment, at least when it comes to generating air travel (just look at Turkey). Morocco, in no small part thanks to its ‘open-skies’ deal with the European Union, is continuing to report impressive passenger traffic growth across its airports in 2010. In each of the last three months (May, June and July), traffic has grown by between 15% and 20%. Even in ‘volcanic April’, passenger numbers were up almost 8%.

Moroccan airports traffic development Year-on-year chage in monthly passengers: 1/08 to 7/10

Source: ONDA

Casablanca remains the country’s dominant airport, accounting for just over 49% of all air passenger traffic in the first seven months of 2010. Passenger numbers have grown by 14.6% to just over four million. Overall, year-to-date growth across all airports is also, coincidentally, 14.6%. The fastest growing airports are Fez (39.2%), Nador (37.3%) and Tangier (21.8%), while the relative laggards are Agadir (+8.3%) and Rabat (-2.4%). New scheduled routes started this year include London Stansted to Fez (Ryanair since 4 May), Pisa to Fez (Ryanair since 7 April); Barcelona to Nador (Spanair since 18 April), and Brussels Charleroi to Nador (Ryanair since 9 April).

July demand reaches all-time high

Last month, Morocco’s airports handled a record 1,587,234 passengers up almost 20% on last July, and beating the previous record set last August of under 1.4 million.

Moroccan airport seasonality Monthly passengers 2007-2010

Source: ONDA

Normally there would be more of a spike in April, but the repercussions of the Icelandic volcano resulted in a curtailing of passenger flows as many flights were cancelled.


  1. Arthur Dent says:

    I see that Norwegian has just announced plans to start 3 new routes to Agadir and 2 new routes to Marrakech starting this winter. More good news for the Moroccan market!

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