Marrakesh Menara Airport is a shared public and military airport operated by ONDA and the Royal Air Force of Morocco. It is located near the central district of Marrakesh, and is considered as an important international facility due to its service area. Marrakesh Menara Airport serves up to four million passengers every year, with its flights to several European destinations, domestic destinations, and Arab world nations. In its history, it was used by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command as a hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It also functioned as a stopover en route to Casablanca Airfield, or to Agadir Airport on the North-African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, also transiting aircraft and personnel.
Much has been said and noticed from the airport due to its proximity to the capital. Its design that is cutting edge and rather modern is a new sight for locals and offers an exciting and comfortable experience for travellers. Currently, airlines that serve the airport include Adria Airways, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Mediterranea, Alitalia, Atlasjet, British Airways, Edelweiss Air, easyJet, Jetairfly, Iberia, Germanwings, Lufthansa, Luxair, Niki, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pegasus Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, TAP Portugal, Saudia, Ryanair, and many others.
Marrakesh Menara Airport has two terminals in service, but these are more or less combined to form one huge facility. A third terminal is on its way to handle more flights through the airport. The existing Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 offer a space of 42,000 square metres and have a capacity of about 4.5 million passengers each year. The airport also has a separate freight terminal, which measures some 340 square metres of covered space. The air terminals on the other hand, are at least 22,000 square metres, and are designed to handle at least 2.5 million passengers every year.
Services and Facilities
Marrakesh Menara Airport operates on a land that is about 1,545 feet or 471 metres above mean sea level. It uses the IATA code RAK, and the ICAO code GMMX. Apart from the terminals, the airport has one runway that is laid out in the direction 10/28 or almost east to west, which measures about 3,100 metres by 45 metres or 10,171 feet by 148 feet. The runway can handle modern aircraft up to the size of Boeing 747. Aircraft parking space can support at least 14 Boeing 737s and four Boeing 747s, taking up at least 1.3 million square feet in land area. Services for the airport include ground transportation facilities, shopping and retail services (particularly, arts, crafts, and other souvenirs from Classical Morocco), food shops, and currency exchanges. Several waiting areas and a VIP Services area can also be accessed from the airport.