COVID-19 repercussions continue: Morocco's air traffic decreased by 70.16% in 2021 Q1

Morocco's airports received 1,466,634 passengers in the first quarter of 2021, i.e. a 70.16% decline year-over-year, according to the National Airports Office (ONDA).

Casablanca's Mohammed V airport received 714,851 passenger (- 62.8%), followed by Tangier (136,302), Marrakech (134,095) and Nador (86,380), ONDA said in a statement.

For March alone, Morocco's airports recorded a commercial passenger traffic volume of 400,863 passengers, i.e. a 57.44% drop compared to March 2020.

The Mohammed V airport, which accounts for almost half of overall passenger traffic, has posted a 42.62% decline compared to March 2020.

The airport Tangier Ibn Battouta, which ranks 2nd in terms of number of passengers, has experienced a decline of about 19.94% (41,399 passengers).

With 120,032 passengers received in March 2021, domestic air traffic recorded a 1.74% decline, ONDA said.

International air traffic has recorded a decline of 65.74% with 280,831 passengers. This downward trend has affected all markets, including Europe which accounts for more than 70% of global air traffic and which posted a 70.32% decrease.

According to ONDA, there was a 46.61% decline in aircraft movements which totaled 4,891 movement in March 2021.

The air freight recorded an increase of about 26.09% and thus reached 6,563.51 tonnes, it concluded.

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