Morocco is a favorable business aviation destination for many business aviation travelers from Europe and the Middle East. It is a beautiful country with long culture, traditions, and history, besides nice weather, and climate almost all year round, not to mention very welcoming, multi-lingual, and educated people.
Morocco is also within the range of most private aircraft based in Europe. Hence, many private corporate flights of multinational companies and conglomerates operate there, especially after the encouraging foreign direct investment regulations adopted by the Moroccan government in recent years. Accordingly, business aviation operations in Morocco have continuously increased, with many VIP flights by world leaders, royal families, and celebrities, and business flights operated by corporate flying there all year around.
Largest City: Casablanca
Official Languages: Arabic and Berber
Spoken Languages: Moroccan Arabic, French
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Calling code: +212
Morocco officially, the westernmost country in North Africa’s Maghreb area is the Kingdom of Morocco. Its land boundaries with Algeria to the east and the disputed area of Western Sahara to the south overlook the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
It has a population of about 37 million people and a total area of 446,300 km2
Arabic and Berber are the Official languages, while Islam is the country’s official and majority religion.
Moroccan Arabic and French are also commonly spoken.
Rabat is the capital of Morocco; however, its airport Rabat-Sale (ICAO: GMMF / IATA: RBA) is not the biggest in the country. Casablanca Mohammed V Airport (GMMN / CMN) is the main commercial airport of the country, and it is the hub of Royal Air Maroc, the national airline of the country.
Marrakech Menara Airport (GMMX – RAK) is another very important airport in Morocco.
Other important airports in Morocco include Agadir (GMAD / AGA), Fes (GMMF / FEZ), Nador (GMMW / NDR), Oujda (GMFO / OUD), and Tangier (GMMT / TNG).
All of the above airports are airports of entry and are open for 24 hours.
According to the Aeronautical information publication (AIP) of the Moroccan Civil Aviation Authority, any aircraft owner or operator who wishes to fly in Moroccan airspace must request overflight authorization from the air transport department at least 48 working hours before the scheduled departure of the flight.
Always remember to put Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network (AFTN) on your flight plan; but you’ll only need an overfly permit from Morocco.
As there is often a fee associated with the issue of a fly Morocco Overflight permit, Morocco Airports Authority has its own requirements governing the planning of a passenger flight landing or technical halt. The fees that are often due include the Route Navigation Facility Fees for overflight as well as landing and parking fees in the event that an aircraft makes a stop.
If the aircraft is registered in a country that is not a member of ICAO, or if the flight is a charter flight, then a request for authorization (landing permit) including the following information must be submitted to the Moroccan civil aviation authority:
Aircraft main documents must be submitted along with the application as well for commercial passenger charter and cargo flights. Securing the landing permit requires the application to be submitted by a local supervisory agent. A special form must be filled in and signed for the permit to be issued.
Note: The validity of the Morocco Overflight Permit is +24 hours.
1 – Flight Schedule
2 – Entry / Exit Points with ATC Route
3 – Lead Passenger Details
4 – Consignee & Consigner Details for Cargo Flights
5 – Aircraft Documents [ AOC, COA, COI, CON, COR]
1 – Monthly Block Overflight Permits (For Scheduled and Non-schedule Airlines Flights)
2 – Seasonal Block Overflight Permits (Scheduled Commercial Airlines Flights)
To assist in fulfilling the Morocco airspace flight clearances criteria, our qualified flight support team offers extensive international travel support services.
Royal Air Maroc has been the main commercial ground handling service provider in Morocco for many years. Swissport entered the ground handling market in Morocco a few years ago.
Over the years, there were no business aviation terminals available in the Moroccan airports, and business aviation travelers are processed in the same facilities as the commercial terminals all passengers travel through.
Ground and Cargo Handlers at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport
However, recently, and after a comprehensive and rigorous open tender process, ONDA (The Moroccan National Airports Authority) has awarded Swissport International and Jetex Flight Support to build and operate FBO in the airports of Morocco. While Jetex will be the FBO provider in Casablanca Mohammed V, Marrakech Menara, Rabat-Salé, Agadir-Al Massira, and Dakhla airports, Swissport will be the FBO provider in Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, and Tanger.
Shell, VIVO Energy, and OiLibya are the main aviation fuel into-plane suppliers in Morocco.
While VAT is not imposed on refueling for international flights, VAT is levied on flights operating domestically between Moroccan airports, and this is common due to Morocco’s large territory.
Aviation fuel supply is the most important necessity while making flight plans. iJET specializes in offering various forms of aviation fuel supply services to commercial, cargo, private, and military jet operators at MOROCCO AIRPORTS. These services range from JET A1 to AVGAS and all sorts of aircraft fuel. You do not want to overpay for jet fuel or aircraft fuel due to price validity changing at MOROCCO AIRPORTS and taxes varying from one location to another. At MOROCCO AIRPORTS, iJET is the dependable re-seller of aviation fuel, providing high-quality jet fuel to all types of aircraft.
While crew can enter Morocco with visa secured upon arrival if they’re in uniform, holding crew ID and on the general declaration (GenDec), sometimes the clearing process gets delayed until the approval is secured by higher authorities, especially at night.
Passengers from more than 70 countries can enter Morocco for visit with a visa valid for up to 90 days obtained upon arrival. These include EU countries, the USA, Russia, and many others, including GCC countries.
Additionally, for all types of flights, the immigration authority obliges passengers and crews to fill in landing cards, with no exception for business aviation flights. VIP passengers are also required to fill in the forms personally.
If the crew would like to access the aircraft after leaving it, then a lengthy process of approval and security measures must be followed, as a written request should be addressed to the relevant authority and must be submitted 24 hours before access to the aircraft.
Crew members like flight attendants and flight engineers need visas unless they have the necessary credentials, such as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) license.
Rabat, Casablanca, and Marrakech all have multiple international hotel chains with properties in Morocco.
The city of Marrakech is also notorious for its luxurious hotels, which provide high-quality hotels and unsurpassed customer service. More than 30,000 beds are offered by the city.
While there have been no security problems reported recently in the country, the level of public transportation and taxis might not be appropriate for business travelers and crew, so pre-booked chauffeured transportation would be required.
As for inflight catering, the level of catering provided meets the international standard in quality and presentation. Many international companies provide inflight catering in the Moroccan airports.
Servair, the third largest catering provider in the world, inaugurated its site in Morocco in partnership with Atlas Catering, a subsidiary of the national airline Royal Air Maroc, in Casablanca, Marrakech, and Agadir. Newest Group has also acquired 100% of ATASA Company, the Moroccan subsidiary of the Spanish Areas Group.
Moroccan GDP is showing continued growth, resistant to the global crisis and the Arab Spring uprisings. The Moroccan government has also launched big projects concerning all economic aspects.
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