Casablanca Airport's Gradual Ascent: Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels with a 28% Surge

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 25, 2024 01:31 AMNews
Share:
Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. Source: unsplash

In 2023, North Africa's aviation sector witnessed an encouraging rebound as passenger traffic exceeded pre-pandemic figures, with Moroccan airports playing a pivotal role in this resurgence. Despite significant strides, Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) has yet to fully regain its pre-2019 momentum.

A Closer Look at 2023's Performance

Moroccan airports collectively welcomed 27.1 million passengers in 2023, marking a remarkable 32% growth from the previous year, as reported by the Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA). This upsurge was primarily fueled by a 32% rise in international travel, culminating in 24.4 million passengers. National travel also saw a 10% increase, reaching 2.6 million.

Mohammed V International Airport stood out, accounting for over one-third of national traffic with 9.8 million passengers, a 28% increase from 2022. However, it's operating at 95% of its 2019 capacity, aiming for a full recovery by 2024. In December 2023 alone, CMN experienced a 3% growth, handling 816,954 passengers.

Regional Airports: A Story of Robust Growth

Morocco's other major airports also saw substantial growth. Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) recorded a 41% increase, with 6.9 million passengers. Agadir Al Massira Airport (AGA) handled 2.3 million passengers, marking a 30% year-on-year rise. Tangier, Fes, Rabat, and Nador airports all experienced over 20% growth, with Nador El Aroui Airport surpassing the 1 million passenger mark for the first time.

International Connectivity: Europe Leads the Way

Internationally, Morocco's traffic surge is aligned with government efforts to boost inbound tourism. African routes recorded the highest growth, yet over 82% of international passengers originated from Europe, a trend bolstered by Ryanair's leading position. New connections from cities like Bilbao, Luxembourg, Warsaw, and Frankfurt further enhanced European connectivity.

Looking Ahead

While CMN is on the brink of complete recovery, the overall growth trajectory of Moroccan airports signifies a robust comeback. The focus now shifts to sustaining this momentum and exploring new opportunities for expansion, particularly in European markets, as airlines like Ryanair plan further forays into Morocco.

Top Articles
Bibles in hotels: the mysteries of placing the gospel in hotels and current changes related to this topic

Bibles in hotels: the mysteries of placing the gospel in hotels and current changes related to this topic

Feb 29, 2024 16:55 PM
Best American ranches: 11 places to experience freedom and adrenaline at its best

Best American ranches: 11 places to experience freedom and adrenaline at its best

Feb 28, 2024 21:40 PM

Where to stay in Barcelona so you don't miss out on the most important things. A guide to neighborhoods and places of interest

Feb 28, 2024 15:50 PM

Mysterious Gjirokastra: where to go, where to stay and delicious food in the "city of a thousand steps"

Feb 28, 2024 08:50 AM
More News
A helicopter parked on a snowy landscape with clouds in the blue sky above

Airbus Helicopters Celebrates Success at Heli-Expo 2024 with 155 Commitments

Mar 2, 2024 07:37 AM
Ironing board instead of a desk

How to organize your hotel room space to make it feel like home: a few tips

Mar 2, 2024 07:16 AM

Great white shark weighing 1500 pounds washes up on beach in Florida

Mar 2, 2024 06:50 AM

Spring destinations offer festivals, nature, culture.

Mar 2, 2024 06:39 AM
Getting ready for summer: how to buy plane tickets at the best price

Getting ready for summer: how to buy plane tickets at the best price

Mar 2, 2024 06:30 AM
The best ski destinations in the US where you can still find snow

The best ski destinations in the US where you can still find snow

Mar 2, 2024 06:01 AM
Red balloon with percentage symbol

AirAsia MOVE Transforms Ramadan and Raya Travel with Exceptional Super Sale

Mar 2, 2024 05:31 AM
These zodiac signs will have harmonious family relationships next week

These zodiac signs will have harmonious family relationships next week

Mar 2, 2024 05:30 AM
How to amplify the sound without speakers

Improvised cooler or bottle opener: these life hacks for travelers will surprise you

Mar 2, 2024 05:00 AM

Security Alert: Bomb Threat Disrupts Zimbabwe President's Travel Plans

Mar 2, 2024 04:37 AM

Southwest Airlines Embraces Future of Green Aviation with New Renewable Ventures and Investment in LanzaJet

Mar 2, 2024 03:34 AM
Three zodiac signs shine with their communication skills: Horoscope for March

Three zodiac signs shine with their communication skills: Horoscope for March

Mar 2, 2024 03:30 AM
Man in blue shirt sitting on black chair in the London airport

London Airports Hit Remarkable 400-Destination Milestone

Mar 2, 2024 02:35 AM
Nighttime shot of Bogotá, Colombia's bustling streets with light trails from moving traffic and illuminated modern buildings

Bogotá: A Premier Destination for International Events in 2024

Mar 2, 2024 01:32 AM
Three zodiac signs will have a chance to enhance their abilities: Horoscope for March 2

Three zodiac signs will have a chance to enhance their abilities: Horoscope for March 2

Mar 2, 2024 01:30 AM

IndiGo Bolsters Domestic Network with Six New Summer Routes

Mar 2, 2024 00:33 AM

Alaska Airlines and Portland Trail Blazers Elevate HBCU Awareness Through Unique Partnership

Mar 1, 2024 23:36 PM
One of the cheapest cities in Europe is suitable for beer lovers

One of the cheapest cities in Europe is suitable for beer lovers

Mar 1, 2024 23:18 PM
Choosing a seat in an almost empty airplane surprised another passenger

Choosing a seat in an almost empty airplane surprised another passenger

Mar 1, 2024 23:03 PM
Three zodiac signs may encounter unexpected difficulties: Horoscope for March

Three zodiac signs may encounter unexpected difficulties: Horoscope for March

Mar 1, 2024 22:47 PM
White Lufthansa plane during daytime

Lufthansa Introduces Allegris Business Class, Starting with Vancouver

Mar 1, 2024 22:31 PM
The legendary "Orient Express" is making a comeback: luxury travel is being considered in Paris

The legendary "Orient Express" is making a comeback: luxury travel is being considered in Paris

Mar 1, 2024 22:16 PM

Souvenirs from Suriname: what you need to buy

Mar 1, 2024 22:09 PM

Luxury perfume vending machines appeared in Dubai

Mar 1, 2024 21:50 PM
View of the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea from an airplane wing, with small islands near Cancún

GoNexus Group Embarks on Global Expansion with Revitalized Leadership Team

Mar 1, 2024 21:32 PM
5 souvenirs to bring back from a trip to Honduras

5 souvenirs to bring back from a trip to Honduras

Mar 1, 2024 21:17 PM