Morocco - Rabat-Salé Airport Modernization and Extension Project (PEMARS)

Project Summary

Approval Date 05 Nov 2018
Signature Date 21 Dec 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21050
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 57,632,901.47
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Rabat-Salé Airport Modernization and Extension Project (PEMARS) was designed as part of the National Airport Master Plan up to 2035 (Ajwae 2035). Its implementation is consistent with efforts to develop the transport sector, including the continued upgrading and modernisation of infrastructure and services to boost the logistical competitiveness of the national economy. The project will endow the Kingdom’s capital with facilities that meet users’ needs and contribute to the development of the country’s air transport infrastructure. It is in line with different sector policies, including: (i) the Logistics Strategy, which aims to position Morocco as the regional logistics hub in Africa; (ii) the Tourism Vision 2020, which targets 20 million tourists by that date and which will have a strong impact on air traffic development; and (iii) the Industrial Acceleration Strategy, which targets the successful acceleration of industrialisation through ecosystems-based development. It will also contribute to economic growth through the development of freight, logistics competitiveness and tourism, which in turn will create jobs and nudge up the GDP. The project components are: (i) construction works and equipment of a new terminal; (ii) construction works of related facilities; and (iii) the supply and installation of terminal security and safety equipment.

Project Objectives

The project’s sector objective is to contribute to the development of air transport infrastructure in Morocco to meet the needs of passenger and freight traffic by 2035. Specifically, the project targets: (i) an increase in Rabat-Salé airport’s capacity; (ii) the improvement of quality of service to passengers and users; and (iii) the contribution to tourism and economic development of the project impact area (PIA).


The project’s main beneficiaries are: (i) ONDA- a public establishment responsible for airport investments and for the management and operation of Morocco’s airport infrastructure and equipment; (ii) airlines and airport users who will enjoy significant time gains due to rapid handling of traffic as well as good conditions of comfort, safety and security; (iii) commercial and service companies for whom new opportunities will be offered within the airports; (iv) the tourism and handicraft sectors; and (v) the local population who will be the first beneficiaries of jobs created, especially women who are very active in the crafts, distribution shops and public space maintenance workers.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Morocco


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-DA0-006
Last Update 04 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name WADE Mohamed El Abass

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
34.0531 -6.79846 Salé
34.0133 -6.83255 Rabat