Marrakesh Menara Airport
مطار مراكش المنارة (Arabic)
ⴰⵣⴰⴳⵯⵣ ⵎⵕⵕⴰⴽⵛ ⵎⵉⵏⴰⵕⴰ (Berber languages)
Aéroport de Marrakech Ménara (French)
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Operator||ONDA and Royal Air Force|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,545 ft / 471 m|
|Coordinates||31°36′25″N 008°02′11″W / 31.60694°N 8.03639°WCoordinates: 31°36′25″N 008°02′11″W / 31.60694°N 8.03639°W|
|Statistics (2008, 2018)|
Source: List of the busiest airports in Africa, ONDA, DAFIF
Marrakesh Menara Airport (Berber languages: ⴰⵣⴰⴳⵯⵣ ⵎⵕⵕⴰⴽⵛ ⵎⵉⵏⴰⵕⴰ, French: Aéroport Marrakech Ménara, Arabic: مطار مراكش المنارة, IATA: RAK, ICAO: GMMX) is an international airport serving Marrakesh, the capital city of the Marrakesh-Safi region in Morocco. It is an international facility that receives several European flights as well as flights from Casablanca and some of the Arab world nations. The airport served over 6.3 million passengers in 2019.
During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command as a hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It functioned as a stopover en route to Casablanca Airfield or to Agadir Airport on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.
Menara Airport has two passenger terminals housed in one large building. A third terminal has been built. The existing T1/T2 offer a space of 42,000 m2 and have a designed capacity of 9 million passengers/year. The separate freight-terminal has 340m2 covered space The air terminals (1 and 2) are 22,000 m2 (236,806 sq ft) and designed to handle 2,500,000 passengers per year. Menara is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque.
Aircraft parking space of 125,000 square metres (1,345,489 sq ft) supports up to fourteen Boeing 737s and four Boeing 747s. The cargo terminal is 340 m2 (3,660 sq ft) of covered space. The paved runway is laid out in the direction 10/28 is 3,100 by 45 metres (10,171 ft × 148 ft). It can receive all modern jetliners up to the Boeing 747 in size. The airport is equipped with an ILS Cat II landing system and offers the following radio navigation aids: VOR – DME – NDB.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Marrakesh Menara Airport:
|Air Arabia Maroc||Fès|
|Air Europa|| Madrid |
Seasonal: Málaga, Palma de Mallorca
|Air France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
|Animawings||Seasonal charter: Bucharest|
|Binter Canarias|| Gran Canaria|
Seasonal: Funchal, Tenerife–North
|Blue Air||Seasonal: Bucharest|
|British Airways||London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow|
|Brussels Airlines||Seasonal: Brussels|
|Bulgaria Air||Seasonal charter: Sofia|
|easyJet||Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Geneva, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse|
|Edelweiss Air||Seasonal: Zuricha|
|El Al||Tel Aviv|
|European Air Charter||Seasonal charter: Sofia (begins 4 April 2023)|
|Eurowings Discover||Frankfurt, Munich|
|Israir Airlines||Tel Aviv|
|Luxair||Seasonal: Luxembourg (resumes 11 February 2023)|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle|| Copenhagen|
Seasonal: Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
|Royal Air Maroc||Barcelona, Bordeaux, Brussels, Casablanca, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse|
|Royal Air Maroc Express||Casablanca, Ouarzazate|
|Ryanair||Alicante, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Châlons-Vatry, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dole, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Gran Canaria, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Marseille, Naples, Nimes, Perpignan, Pisa, Porto, Rome–Ciampino, Santander, Seville, Toulouse, Tours, Treviso, Turin, Valencia, Weeze, Zaragoza |
Seasonal: Limoges, Palma de Mallorca (begins 4 June 2023)
|Swiss International Air Lines||Geneva|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon|
|Transavia||Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris–Orly|
Seasonal: Boa Vistaa, Marseille, Sala
|TUI Airways||Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester |
|TUI fly Belgium||Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Lille, Nantes, Paris–Orly, Turin |
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Nice, Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal: Bilbao (begins 27 May 2023), Lille
|Vueling||Barcelona, Málaga, Seville |
Seasonal: Bilbao (begins 30 March 2023), Paris–Orly (begins 19 March 2023)
|Wizz Air|| London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Warsaw–Chopin |
^a On selected days, this flight operates from Marrakesh to Zurich via Agadir. However, this carrier does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Marrakesh and Agadir.
^a Flights from Boa Vista and Sal to Marrakech operate as round trips that start and end at Paris Orly Airport.
The Spanish bus company Alsa operates regular Route 19 buses every day between Marrakesh Menara airport and both the medina (the stop is in a row of bus stops opposite the Koutoubia Mosque) and the new town.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.