Morocco to Renovate Tetouan Airport


Morocco’s National Airports Authority (ONDA) has selected architect Zakaria Errafii to carry out the planning and monitoring of work on the project to build a passenger terminal and a control tower at the airport of Tetouan, northern Morocco.

With an estimated budget of MAD 110 million ($ million), the Tetouan airport renovation project will be a fee rate proposed by the architect and finally retained at 4%, according to local sources. 

Projected to enhance the Tetouan airport and enlarge its capacity, the plan includes the construction of a passenger terminal on a 5,000-square-meter. The site is set to host facilities such as a public hall, inspection sections, sorting and baggage delivery, check-in, customs control, border police, and boarding rooms.

As part of its contribution to the project, ONDA will build a brand new runway for the airport. In addition to the associated infrastructure, the runway project is expected to cost a whopping MAD 285.5 million.

Local media report that the objective of the project is to raise the airport‘s hosting capacity to 300,000 passengers annually.

Citing a statement by ONDA, many outlets have reported that a control tower will be set to ensure “the smooth running of flight operations, meeting the standards of aviation in force, including the technical service guides of airbases.”

Located only a few kilometers from the city of Tetouan, the airport was renovated in 2008. It is currently located on a 3,000-square-meter land with a single 2,300-meter runway and has an annual reception capacity of 100,000 passengers.

The news of the project comes as Morocco continues to ramp up investments in its aerospace industry. 

According to a study by Canada’s trade commissioner, Morocco has “140 firms operating in aeronautics and aerospace, generating CAD 2.7 billion (MAD 19.6 billion; USD 2.2 billion) in export revenue and sustaining over 17,500 jobs.”