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Mohammed V Intl Airport

Mohammed V International Airport
Aéroport international Mohammed V
مطار محمد الخامس الدولي
Mohammed V International Airport
Inside the main terminal
Mohammed V International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator ONDA
Serves Casablanca, Morocco
Location Nouasseur
Hub for
  • Air Arabia Maroc
  • Jet4you
  • Regional Air Lines
  • Royal Air Maroc
Elevation AMSL 656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates 33°22′02″N 007°35′23″W / 33.36722°N 7.58972°W / 33.36722; -7.58972
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,720 12,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft movements 69,119
Passengers 6,392,789
Freight (tons) 53,469
Source: DAFIF

Mohammed V International Airport (IATA: CMN, ICAO: GMMN) (French: Aéroport international Mohammed V / Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي‎ / transliterated: Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly) is an airport operated by ONDA (National Airports Office). Located in Province of Nouaceur, a suburb 30 km south-east of Casablanca, it is the busiest airport in Morocco with almost 6.4 million passengers passing through the airport in 2009. It was named after the late Sultan Mohammed V of Morocco.

The airport is the hub of Morocco's flag carrier Royal Air Maroc, Jet4you, Air Arabia Maroc and Regional Air Lines. The airport was named after King Mohammed V of Morocco and is twinned with the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Yaser Arafat International Airport.



The Casablanca Mohammed V Airport was originally built by the United States in early 1943 during World War II as an auxiliary airfield for Casablanca's Anfa Airport and was named Berrechid Airfield. The airfield handled various military transports as a stopover en-route to Port Lyautey Airfield or to Marrakech Airport on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route. In addition, flights were flown across the Atlantic to the Azores on the Mid-Atlantic route which connected to Nova Scotia or East Coast United States airfields.

In addition to its transport mission, the airfield supported the North African Campaign with the Twelfth Air Force 68th Reconnaissance Group operating photo-recon versions of the P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang from the airfield. Elements of the 68th first arrived at Angads Airport in Oujda in November 1942 and moved to Berrechid in March 1943 upon its completion. It flew both antisubmarine missions over the Atlantic and photo-recon combat missions over German-held territory from the airfield until early September when it moved east to Massicault Airfield in Tunisia. With the end of the war in 1945, the airfield was turned over to the civil government.

Emblem of Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force
Emblem of Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force

During the Cold War of the early and middle 1950s, the airfield was reopened as Nouasseur Air Base and was used as a United States Air Force Strategic Air Command staging area for B-47 Stratojet bombers pointed at the Soviet Union. These operations later moved to Ben Guerir Air Base.

With the destabilisation of French government in Morocco, and Moroccan independence in 1956, the government of Mohammed V wanted the US Air Force to pull out of the SAC bases in Morocco, insisting on such action after American intervention in Lebanon in 1958. The United States agreed to leave as of December 1959, and was fully out of Morocco in 1963. SAC felt the Moroccan bases were much less critical with the long range of the B-52, and with the completion of the Spanish bases in 1959.

Even today, most locals still refer to the airport simply as "Nouasseur", this comes from the name of the suburb where it is located.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Terminal 2
Terminal 2

Exit stamp from airport.
Exit stamp from airport.


Mohammed V International Airport

Mohammed V International Airport
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Mohammed V International Airport

Mohammed V International Airport
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Mohammed V International Airport

Mohammed V International Airport - A Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200 on the airport ramp in 2011.
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Mohammed V International Airport

Mohammed V International Airport - A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 at the airport in 2006. The airline has its main hub at Mohammed V Airpor
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Mohammed V Airport has three terminals:

  • Terminal 1 is closed for renovation and expansion works. Check-in is still open and departures are restricted to Terminal 2.
  • Terminal 2
  • Terminal 3 is currently used for the listed departing flights only; all arrivals are at Terminal 2
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran 2
Air Arabia Maroc Alexandria [begins 5 October], Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bologna, Brussels [begins 2 November], Brussels South-Charleroi [ends 30 October], Cologne/Bonn [begins 2 November], Fez [begins 1 November], Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Lyon, Málaga, Marseille, Milan-Orio al Serio, Montpellier, Nador [begins 4 November], Oujda [begins 3 November], Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tangier [begins 31 October], Venice-Treviso 2
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 2
Ándalus Líneas Aéreas Malaga
EasyJet Lyon, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Edelweiss Air Zurich [seasonal] 2
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Dubai 2
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2
Jet4you Barcelona, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels South-Charleroi, Geneva, Paris-Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Toulouse, Venice-Marco Polo 2
Iberia Madrid 2
Iberia operated by Air Nostrum Valencia 2
Libyan Airlines Tripoli 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Milan-Malpensa 2
Qatar Airways Doha, Tripoli 2
Royal Air Maroc Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Algiers, Al-Hoceima [seasonal], Agadir, Amsterdam, Bamako, Bangui, Banjul, Barcelona, Beirut, Berlin-Tegel, Bissau, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brazzaville, Brussels, Cairo, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Dakhla, Douala, Essaouira, Fez, Frankfurt, Freetown/Lungi, Geneva, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Kano [seasonal], Kinshasa, Lagos, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Libreville, Lille, Lisbon, Lomé, Lyon, Madrid, Malabo, Málaga, Marseille, Marrakech, Milan-Malpensa, Monrovia, Montpellier [seasonal], Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-domodedovo [begins 2 November], Nantes, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Pointe Noire, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh [seasonal], Strasbourg, Tangier, Toulouse, Tripoli, Tunis, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona, Warsaw, Yaoundé, Zürich 2
Royal Air Maroc Algiers, Bologna, Frankfurt, Montréal-Trudeau, Milan-Malpensa, New York-JFK, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin 3
Royal Air Maroc operated by Royal Air Maroc Express Al Hoceima, Agadir, Errachidia, Essaouira, Goulimime, Ifrane [begins 26 October], Lisbon, Málaga, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda, Smara [seasonal;ends 21 September], Tangier, Tan Tan, Tétouan [seasonal], Tunis, Villa Cisneros 2
Saudi Arabian Airlines Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh 2
TAP Portugal Lisbon 2
Tunisair Tunis 2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2

Cargo airlines

DHL Airways Boeing 757 at the airport
DHL Airways Boeing 757 at the airport

The main cargo operators are:

  • Air France Cargo
  • DHL Airways
  • FedEx Express
  • Royal Air Maroc Cargo
  • UPS Airlines

As part of the development of the airport, and since Casablanca is one of the main trading and industrial cities in the southern Mediterranean, the cargo operations will expand in the next few years. A 30,000 sq metre cargo facility opened in 2008, with an annual processing capacity of 150,000 tonnes.


Traffic 2009 2008 2007
Aircraft movements 69,119 +1.11% 68,362 -2.5% 70,080 +7.6%
Passengers 6,392,789 +2.95% 6,209,711 +6.0% 5,858,192 +15.5%
Freight (tons) 53,469 -6.06% 56,919 -6.5% 60,682 +9.3%


Traffic 2006 2005 2004 Average growth
Aircraft movements 65,111 +9.2% 59,621 +13.9% 52,336 +5.86%
Passengers 5,071,411 +12.1% 4,456,639 +17.1% 3,803,479 +10.73%
Freight (tons) 55,673 +10.7% 50,285 +6.5% 47,152 +2.79%


Passenger Services


Casablanca Mohammed V Airport has two airport hotels, the Atlas Hotel which is a 3 star hotel owned by Atlas Hospitality (a subsidiary of the Royal Air Maroc Group) and a hotel inside the transit area of terminal 2 which offers rooms for shorter periods exclusively for transiting passengers.

Incidents and accidents

  • On 24 August 1994 a Royal Air Maroc ATR-42 crashed near Tizounine while en-route from Agadir to Casablanca Mohammed V airport. The plane crashed with a steep dive in the Atlas mountains. All 40 passengers and 4 crew died in this accident. It is said that the captain disconnected the autopilot and let the plane crash deliberately. The Moroccan Pilots Union challenged these findings.
  • On 1 April 1970, a Royal Air Maroc Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle crashed on approach to Casablanca Mohammed V airport when it lost control at a height of about 500 feet. The fuselage broke in two. Sixty one of the 82 passengers and crew were killed.

Transport links


Mohammed V airport can be reached via the A7 Casa-Berchid motorway via Bouskoura. From Rabat use the A3 then the A5.


The train station is situated at level -1 in the arrivals area of Terminal 1. Trains depart from the airport to Casablanca every hour.


Bus company CTM operates services to Casablanca Mohammed V airport from the city centre.


The taxi rank is located at level 0 of the arrivals area.

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General Info
Country Morocco
Time UTC 0
Latitude 33.367467
33° 22' 02.88" N
Longitude -7.589967
007° 35' 23.88" W
Elevation 656 feet
200 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 003° W (01/06)
Near City Casablanca
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.5
Opr 0600-0000Z.
APP 121.3

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
17R/35L 12205 x 148 feet
3720 x 45 meters
17L/35R 12205 x 148 feet
3720 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME CBA CASABLANCA 116X 116.9 9.9 NM 159.6

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Other Fluids OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown

CAUTION Bird haz.
LGT PAPI Rwy 17L GS 2.7 .

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