Agadir – Al Massira Airport (Arabic: مطار المسيرة; transliterated: Matar al-Maseera) (IATA: AGA, ICAO: GMAD) is an international airport serving Agadir, a major city in southwest Morocco. Agadir is the capital of the province (wilaya) of Agadir and the region of Souss-Massa-Draâ.
In 2007, Al Massira International Airport served 1,502,094 passengers. In later years, Agadir and its tourism boomed, having new flights introduced to Al Massira from new airports from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new prospect of a brand new terminal was granted, opening life for the people of Agadir.
Runway and aircraft parking
The runway in direction 10/28 measures 3,200 by 45 metres (10,499 × 148 ft). Aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747 can land on the airport.
Parking space for the aircraft is 170,000 square metres (1,829,865 sq ft) which results in space for ten Boeing 737s and three Boeing 747s.
Total terminal area is 26,550 square metres (285,782 sq ft) and projected capacity is 3 million passengers per year. There is one large waiting room, divided in two to provide for national flights (no customs) and international flights. Passengers flying to Casablanca with a connecting international flight can pass through passport control in Agadir to save transfer time at Mohammed V
Classification and navigational equipment
The airport has an ILS Class II certification and offers the following radionavigational aids: VOR – DME – 2 X NDB.
Airlines and destinations
Agadir is served by the following scheduled airlines:
ONDA reported the following statistics regarding Al Massira Airport.
On August 3, 1975, a Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines Boeing 707 struck a mountain peak when on approach to Agadir Airport. All 188 passengers and crew on board were killed. It is the worst ever incident involving a 707.
World War II
During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Air Transport Command as a hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It functioned as a stopover en-route to Marrakech Airport or to Dakhla Airport, near Villa Cisneros in French North Africa. In addition, an air connection to Atar Airport also handled cargo and personnel flights.
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