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    Air Traffic Down over 71% in 2020 - ONDA

    20 Jan 2021

    Casablanca - Casablanca, 19/01/2021 (MAP) - Morocco's overall air traffic recorded in 2020 a decline of 71.48% compared to the same period in 2019, according to the National Airports Office (ONDA).

    In December 2020, the Kingdom's airports received 622,934 passengers against 2,038,856 passengers in December 2019, a decline of 69.45%, the ONDA said in a statement.

    The Mohammed V airport received about half (49%) of total passenger traffic, or 302,656 passengers, compared to 855,316 passengers for the same period of 2019 (-64.61%).

    The same downward trend was observed in other airports such as the Marrakech Menara airport, which showed a decline of 87.83% as it received 63,891 passengers compared to 525,179 passengers a year before.

    Similarly, the Agadir Al Massira airport received 36,014 passengers (-77.89%), the same source added.

    With a total of 117,908 passengers in December 2020, domestic air traffic recorded a 51.99% decrease, compared to December 2019.

    International commercial air traffic, which accounts for more than 80% of total traffic, posted a decline of 71.84% in December 2020 ( 505,026 passengers).

    This decline affects all markets, the ONDA observed, adding that Europe, which accounts for 67% of global air traffic, recorded a decline of 70.47%.

    Airfreight activity recorded a decline of 34.82% as 6,209.48 tons were transported in December 2020 against 9,526.98 tons a year before.

    As for the Top 5 international air routes, the 'Mohammed V/Paris-Orly' route came in first position with a share of 6.42% in December, followed by the 'Marrakech/Paris-Orly' route (+3.73%) and the 'Mohammed V/Paris-CDG' route with a share of 2.62%.

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