Morocco - The Third Airport Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Apr 2009
Signature Date 08 May 2009
Planned Completion Date 30 Nov 2016
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2016
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21050
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 74,795,286.15
Status Completion

Project General Description

The 3rd airport project of Morocco is an important part of the investment programme of the National Airports Authority (ONDA) for the 2008-2012 period. This project mainly concerns the airports of Casablanca, Fez, Agadir, Marrakech and Rabat, which handle the bulk of air traffic to and from Morocco. Beyond the geographic area covered by these major development poles of the country, the project area covers the entire country, particularly as a result of a new air navigational system that will cover the entire Moroccan air space. Its cost constitutes 72% of the entire programme, and its implementation will cover a 5-year period (2009-2013). The project components concern: (i) extension and rehabilitation of terminal areas of airports concerned, including their installations, (ii) construction of infrastructure for these areas (lighting, aircraft parking areas, car parks, runway slip and access roads, etc.) and construction and installation works of the 2nd Regional Control Centre (RCC) in Agadir; (iii) supply and installation of various security and safety equipment and air navigation aid equipment in the various airports; and (iv) establishment of photovoltaic micro-power stations and an integrated wind farm to supply electricity in the various air terminals.

Project Objectives

At the sectoral level, this project aims at improving the competitiveness of air transport through delivery of efficient and high quality services in accordance with international standards. Specifically, the objective of the project is to increase airport operational capacities by upgrading the infrastructures, extending the air navigation system, and reinforcing ground security installations.


The major beneficiaries of the project are: (i) the ONDA, a public establishment in charge of airport investments, as well as the management and operation of Moroccan airport infrastructure and facilities; (ii) airlines and users of airports, who will benefit from the significantly shorter timeframes due to the speed in the handling of traffic, as well as the comfort, safety and security conditions; (iii) commercial and service companies for which new opportunities will be provided within the airports; (iv) the tourism and handicraft sector; and (v) the local communities who will be the primary beneficiaries of the jobs created, notably women who are highly active in the handicraft sector, retail business, maintenance of public places, etc.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Morocco
Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA)


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-DA0-004
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name MORE NDONG Pierre-Simon

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
35 -3 Nador
34.7871 -1.92399 Oujda
34.0133 -6.83255 Rabat
34.0039 -4.98066 Saiss
35.7269 -5.91689 Tanger Aerodrome
30.4202 -9.59815 Agadir
31.6069 -8.0363 Airport Marrakech
30.9391 -6.90943 Airport Ouarzazate
33.5667 -7.66667 Casablanca
31.3975 -9.68167 Essaouira