Mohammed V International Airport

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Mohammed V International Airport
Aéroport international Mohammed V
مطار محمد الخامس الدولي
2013-10-24 12-03-51 Morocco Chaouia-Ouardigha - Dah Hammou Ben Cheïkh.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator ONDA
Serves Casablanca, Morocco
Location Nouasseur
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 656 ft / 200 m
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CMN is located in Morocco
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 (2014) 7,97 million[1]
Freight (tons) (2009) 53,469
Economic & social impacts (2012) $731 million & 78.7 thousand[2]
Source: DAFIF[3][4]

Mohammed V International Airport (French: Aéroport international Mohammed V, Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي‎‎, Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly, IATA: CMNICAO: 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.[1][5][6][7][8] In August 2014, ONDA reported a year-on-year increase of 7.28% passenger traffic, to 918,238.[9]

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.



Transatlantic routes from Casablanca, September 1945

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. 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 (SAC) 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 out of the SAC bases in 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. SAC 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.

Airlines and destinations


A Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200 on the airport ramp in 2011.
A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 at the airport in 2006. The airline has its main hub at Mohammed V Airport.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Afriqiyah Airways Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli 2
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran 1
Air Arabia Maroc Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Cuneo, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Lyon, Montpellier, Naples, Toulouse, Venice 2
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau (begins 4 June 2016)[10] 2
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Air Mediterranee Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 2
Binter Canarias
operated by Naysa
Gran Canaria 2
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Dubai-International 2
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2
Flynas Jeddah 2
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn 2
Iberia Madrid 2
Jetairfly[11] Bordeaux, Charleroi, Metz/Nancy, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Liège
Libyan Airlines Benghazi, Misurata, Tripoli
Seasonal: Sebha
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt 2
Mauritania Airlines International Nouakchott, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Nouadhibou, Zouérat
Qatar Airways Doha 2
Royal Air Maroc Agadir, Algiers, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Cairo, Dakhla, Doha,[12] Fes, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Laayoune, Madrid, Málaga, Milan-Malpensa, Medina, Montréal-Trudeau, New York-JFK, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão (resumes 2 May 2016),[13] Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, Turin, Valencia, Venice[14] 1
Royal Air Maroc Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Bamako, Banjul, Beirut, Beni Mellal, Berlin-Tegel, Bissau, Bordeaux, Brazzaville, Brussels, Conakry, Copenhagen, Cotonou, Dakar, Douala, Frankfurt, Freetown, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lisbon, Lomé, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Luanda, Lyon, Malabo, Marrakech, Marseille, Monrovia, Montpellier, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, N'Djamena, Nantes, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta (begins 29 March 2016),[15] Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Pointe Noire, Praia, Sal,[16] Stockholm-Arlanda, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Washington-Dulles (begins 8 September 2016),[17] Yaoundé, Zürich
Seasonal: Al-Hoceima, Kano, Tétouan
Royal Air Maroc operated by
Royal Air Maroc Express
Agadir, Al-Hoceima, Dakhla, Essaouira, Fes, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier, Tenerife-North, Tétouan
Seasonal: Guelmim, Tan-Tan, Ouarzazate, Zagora
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Hajj/Omrah: Medina
Syphax Airlines Sfax 2
TAP Portugal Lisbon 2
TAP Portugal
operated by PGA Express
Lisbon 2
Transavia Amsterdam 2
Transavia France Paris-Orly 2
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Monastir
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
Vueling Barcelona 2


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Nairobi, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
DHL Airways Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Med Airlines Maroc Bamako, Dakar, Lisbon, Paris-Orly, Tangier
Royal Air Maroc Cargo Addis Ababa, Algiers, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai-International, El Aaiún, Hong Kong, Libreville, Lisbon, London-Heathrow, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly, New York-JFK, Recife, Rome-Fiumicino, Tangier, Washington-Dulles, Zaragoza
UPS Airlines London-Gatwick, Louisville, Madrid, Newark, Rome-Fiumicino
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Madrid

As part of the airport's development, and because Casablanca is one of the main trading and industrial cities in the southern Mediterranean, cargo operations will expand in the next few years.[when?] A 3-hectare (7.4-acre) cargo facility opened in 2008, with an annual processing capacity of 150,000 tonnes (150,000 long tons; 170,000 short tons).


Traffic[18] 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Average growth
Aircraft movements[18] 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[18] 7,245,508[8] +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)[18] 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%

Passenger services

Mohammed V is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque.[19]

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. It is said that the captain disconnected the autopilot and let the plane crash deliberately. The Moroccan Pilots Union challenged these findings.[20][21]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Mohammed V International airport – Economic and social impacts". Ecquants. Retrieved 7 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Airport information for GMMN from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  4. Airport information for CMN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
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  8. 8.0 8.1 "Aéroports du Maroc: Trafic du mois de Décembre 2010" (PDF) (Press release) (in French). Office Nationale des Aéroports. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  11. "Jetairfly Flight Plan". Jetairfly.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Royal Air Maroc Delays Doha Launch to late-Oct 2015". 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Royal Air Maroc Adds Venice Service from late-Oct 2015". 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Royal Air Maroc to Launch Kenya Flights from late-Mar 2016". 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Royal Air Maroc to Start Cape Verde Service from Oct 2015". Retrieved 6 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Royal Air Maroc Adds Washington Dulles Service from Sep 2016
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 "Casablanca Airport Passenger Statistics for 2008" (PDF). ONDA. 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  19. "Je suis professionel". ONDA (in français). Retrieved 30 October 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "ATR-42 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Fatal Events Since 1970 for Royal Air Maroc". 1 June 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "SE-210 RAM crash". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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