The National Office of Airports, which oversees this work, should entrust, from mid-July, the date set for the opening of bids, the market valued at more than 14.6 million dirhams. The new developments will require a period of eight months.
Nearly six years after the extension of Marrakech-Menara airport, which saw the construction of a new terminal, the same airport enclosure will undergo development work in the coming months. The National Airports Office (ONDA), which oversees this work, should entrust, from mid-July, the date fixed for the opening of the bids, this market valued at more than 14.6 MDH, according to the estimate of the costs of the services established by the contracting authority, which is the ONDA.
This work will require a period of eight months from the date of the service order prescribing the start of the work. Their consistency concerns the reorganization of the national boarding lounge as well as the extension of the zone of the screening inspection posts (PIF). The planned works will also concern the shelter for the baggage handling system and the various networks, in particular, water, electricity, sanitation with their connection to the airport networks. There is also talk of adding check-in counters with another shelter for travelers to the remote post boarding area.
On this last point, these works include structural work and waterproofing, in addition to the construction of a three-dimensional steel frame, as well as other works, in particular, plumbing-sanitary, floor and wall covering, painting and carpentry, electricity and air conditioning, signage and installation of airport furniture.
A new VIP terminal in February 2020
Pending the awarding of this contract and the start of works, Marrakech-Menara airport acquired a new VIP terminal two years ago dedicated to business and private aviation. Inaugurated on February 1, 2020 by ONDA, this new structure covers an area of 3,000 m².
It is made up of two “Fixed base operator” FBOs, built respectively by Jetex Executive Aviation Morocco and Swissport Executive Aviation Morocco; two international operators selected within the framework of an international call for tenders launched by ONDA. As a result, Marrakech-Menara airport has become the second airport in Morocco with a terminal entirely dedicated to business and private aviation after Mohammed V airport in Casablanca.
The first FBO built by Jetex, on an area of 2,500 m2, mobilized an overall investment of around 35 MDH. This pavilion is Jetex’s second largest FBO internationally after Dubai. As for the second space, which was built by Swissport Executive Aviation Morocco, it extends over an area of around 525 m2.
This pavilion mobilized, for its part, the equivalent of 7.5 million dirhams and is one of the largest FBOs in the Swissport network throughout the world.
6 million passengers for Marrakech before Covid-19
In addition, it should be noted that Marrakech-Menara airport exceeded, for the first time, the milestone of 6 million passengers in 2019, i.e. before the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis. As a result, Marrakech Menara airport is the second largest airport in the Kingdom in terms of traffic, after Mohammed V airport in Casablanca. Air traffic within this enclosure has increased from 3.8 million passengers in 2016 to more than 6 million passengers in 2019.
As a reminder, a new terminal was built by ONDA within this enclosure. It extends over an area of 57,000 m2 with an annual capacity equal to 9 million passengers instead of 3 million previously. For its part, Agadir-Al Massira airport was ranked third in terms of passenger traffic at the national level after Mohammed V airport in Casablanca and Marrakech-Menara airport, exceeding the 2 million passenger mark in 2019.
As for the Fez-Saiss and Tangier airports, they were ranked 4th and 5th respectively on the traffic podium before the Covid-19 crisis, while the Casablanca hub remains the leading national airport platform. The latter captured, during the same period, 40% of the volume of air traffic carried out by all Moroccan airports, i.e. 10 million passengers, before the outbreak of the pandemic.
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