Morocco planning new business aviation hub airport


Morocco’s Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA) and Director General D’Aviation Civile (DGAC) have announced plans to develop Ben Slimane Airport (GMMB/GMD) into Morocco’s main dedicated business aviation hub.

According to Arabian Aerospace, Ben Slimane is ideally located between the country’s main economic centers of Casablanca and Rabat, and is very close to the fast-growing Mohammedia port city. The airport has already started to establish itself as a convenient destination for private aviation, with Stars Aviation Services operating the existing VIP lounge. The new development will include a dedicated FBO that will be situated in an existing building on site.

Speaking at the MEBAA Show Morocco in Casablanca on September 1, 2015, Zine Youssef, head of DGAC’s Operations Department, said that six fixed-wing operators had already signed up for the new facility at Ben Slimane Airport – Anfajet, Alfa Air, Mt Fly, Dalia Air, AOM (Air Ocean Maroc) and ASA. In addition, Heliconia has signed up to be the first helicopter operator.

ONDA and DGAC have also issued invitations for FBOs at six of the country’s main airports – Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir, Tangier, Rabat-Salé and Fès.

September 2, 2015

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