Nearly 200,000 passengers flew in or out of Morocco aboard 1,857 flights from June 15 to 21 (ONDA)
The Kingdom’s airports received, during the week from June 15 to 21, 195,547 passengers and 1,857 air flights (international arrivals and departures), according to the National Airports Office (ONDA).
Casablanca-Mohammed V airport, the Kingdom’s leading airport platform, received more than 43% of this overall number, with 762 flights carrying around 84,100 passengers, followed by that of Marrakech-Menara with 296 flights and 29,400 passengers and Tangier Ibn Battouta with more than 19,100 passengers and 190 flights, said ONDA in a press release.
This traffic represents 43% of passenger traffic and 57% of flights during the same period of the year 2019, said the ONDA, adding that the overflight traffic reached during the same week, 2,100 aircraft movements.
As for the distribution of passenger traffic by geographic area, Europe comes first with 86% of total international traffic and more than 168,500 passengers, followed by North America (9,300 passengers) and Africa (8,400).
Regarding the distribution of international arrivals according to the countries of list A and list B, as determined by the health authorities, ONDA said that Moroccan airports have welcomed 126,966 passengers from countries of list A, i.e. 98.5% of international arrivals, and only 1,844 passengers from list B.
Earlier in June, King Mohammed VI has given instructions to a number of institutions and stakeholders to facilitate the 2021 Summer holidays for the Moroccan community settled abroad, whose majority could not visit the home country last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to offer affordable travel fees.
The Monarch also called for “ensuring a sufficient number of rotations to allow Moroccan families settled abroad to return home for reunion with their families and loved ones, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Shortly after the King’s instructions, flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced the setting up of an “exceptional” and “historic” system to facilitate the travel of Moroccan expatriates this summer, strengthening its flight program and offering very accessible prices to members of the Moroccan community settled abroad. The exceptional fees were offered to all passengers, regardless of their nationality.