Morocco Airport Opens New Private Aviation Terminal

 - February 4, 2020, 12:05 PM
The new private and business aviation terminal at Morocco's Marrakech-Menara International Airport will include FBOs from Jetex and Swissport, both of whom have handling experience in the Morocco market.

Morocco’s Marrakech-Menara International Airport debuted its new business and private aviation terminal last week. The 32,300-sq-ft structure is home to FBOs from Jetex and Swissport. Jetex added its latest location in Morocco, which sees more than 10,000 private jet movements a year, joining Casablanca, Agadir, and Rabat, and bringing the Dubai-based company to six FBOs in Africa. At Marrakech, its 24/7 facility occupies 10,800 sq ft of the new terminal, making it the global support company’s second-largest FBO after its flagship location in Dubai. “It is an honor for us to establish the first VIP terminal of its kind in North Africa,” said Jetex founder and CEO Adel Mardini. “We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Government of Morocco."

Swissport, the second service provider operating in the new terminal, has a 5,650-sq-ft facility that includes a lounge for 40 passengers with a bar and media corner. A separate VVIP lounge can hold nine guests. The first floor of the FBO is reserved for crew members with a TV lounge, kitchen, snooze rooms, and shower facilities. The company also shares the Casablanca private terminal with Jetex. “With the opening of our second Moroccan FBO in this new, state-of-the-art VIP terminal in Marrakech, we are further expanding Swissport’s strong position in the North African executive aviation market,” said Swissport Morocco CEO Christophe de Figueiredo.