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More tourists to northern Morocco thanks to the new aviation base in Tetouan

More tourists to northern Morocco thanks to the new aviation base in Tetouan

April 22, 2024 – 11:00 – Morocco

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The opening of a new air base in Tetouan, and then in Tangier, was warmly welcomed by tourism workers in northern Morocco. The new airport infrastructure is expected to attract more tourists and boost economic development in the region.

The prospects for air traffic in northern Morocco are bright. The Tetouan Hotel Association welcomes the arrival of the city's aviation base. They expect this to lead to an increase in the number of national and international tourists to the region. He said that instead of landing in Marrakesh or Casablanca, passengers heading to popular tourist destinations such as Chefchaouen can now fly directly to Tangier, which already has a flight base. Lesson Eco.

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Tetouan Airport was recently expanded to accommodate the influx of national and international tourists. In 2023, 253,552 passengers used the airport, according to data from the National Airports Authority (ONDA). This number is sure to rise in the coming months, just as is the case at Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport, where traffic has risen by 34% in one year, with more than 1.9 million passengers.

This trend will also occur at other airports in the Kingdom. The rise in air traffic is due to “the resumption of many flights that were suspended during the health crisis, as well as the establishment of many new air links,” Onda said. The office added that Moroccan airports, especially those in the north of the Kingdom, will witness major renovations in the coming years to meet the increasing demand for air traffic by 2027.

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The renovation and operation of Terminal 1 at Tangier Ibn Battuta International Airport is part of this dynamic. ONDA also floated a tender to build a new terminal with a capacity of more than 3.5 million passengers, a new control tower and various external modifications to meet the future influx of passengers by 2040.