Posted by: Morocco World News

During the first half of 2018, airports in Morocco received a total of 10.45 million passengers, a growth of 13 percent compared to the same period of 2017.

According to statistics from the National Office of Airports (ONDA), air traffic grew exceptionally, at 25.66 percent, in June, with more than 1.64 million of passengers.

Unsurprisingly, Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport, which accounts for 43 percent of all air traffic, recorded an increase of 5.68 percent in the first half of 2018 and more than 20 percent in June 2018 only.

Domestic air traffic posted an increase of 15.39 percent with more than 1.13 million passengers in the first half of 2018. A significant increase of 27.93 percent in domestic air traffic was recorded in June 2018 only.

International air traffic reached 9.3 million of passengers in the first half of the year, an increase of 12.69 percent over last year. The month of June recorded 1.48 million international passengers.

The increase is due to the good performance of European air traffic, which represents 75 percent of Morocco’s international traffic volume. European air traffic increased by 14.87 percent from the same period last year.

Air traffic grew 6.23 percent in the Middle and Far East, 20.22 percent in North America, and 31.27 percent in South America.

Overall, Maghreb countries’ air traffic experienced a slight decrease of 0.81 percent in the first half of 2018. However, in June the traffic rose by 12.25 percent.

Despite some stagnation in the first half of the year, the African market recorded an increase of 9.30 percent particularly in June 2018.

Freight traffic recorded, during the first half of 2018, an increase of 6.92 percent compared to the same period in 2017. It reached 43 million tons against 42.3 million tons recorded during the first half of 2017.