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Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by AutoReportNG: 4:16pm On May 07, 2019
Many at times, we never can appreciate the beauty of nature until when we go out and look at it from a different perspective. An International Airport is a place that says a lot about a country and this why this is why the federal government from various countries try to make their airports to match with international standard as this is their identity, they will be accessed based on what they see at the airport first before going into the city.

Airports in Africa are not friendly to the eyes as it seems various government cares less or little about how they are built, maintained and made to be among the world rankers. It's either the design is awful or little or nothing is done to make it a tourist attraction and lots more. Morocco seems to have a different perspective, they decided to upgrade virtually all their airports, redesign them and build a new one in order to according to the government, to attract tourist to the country.

Marrakesh Menara Airport (IATA: RAK, ICAO: GMMX), in French Aéroport de Marrakech Ménara, is the main international gateway in Marrakesh, the main city of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El-Haouz region in Morocco.



It is located 5 kilometres from Marrakesh city centre. The airport is an important hub between Europe and Northern Africa, serving also flights to other Arab nations.

The terminal extension of the Marrakech Menara Airport in Morocco is designed by Swiss Architects E2A Architecture and uses a gorgeous facade that has become a hallmark of the airport. Light filters into space by arabesques made up of 24 rhombuses and three triangles.

Clad in white aluminum panels and featuring stylized Islamic ornamental designs, the structure gives the terminal a brightness that changes according to the time of day. It’s also an excellent example of how a contemporary building can incorporate traditional cultural motifs.

A new airport terminal at Marrakech-Menara, the flagship touristic destination in Morocco was officially inaugurated Wednesday, 21 December, and will increase its capacity to 9 million passengers instead of 3 million currently.

The airport was inaugurated by HM King Mohammed VI, the new terminal aims to support the growth of Marrakech-Menara airport, the second of Morocco after Casablanca. It is an international facility that receives several European flights as well as flights from Casablanca and some of the Arab world nations. The airport served over 4 million passengers in 2014. In 2010, the airport was used in the movies Sex And City 2.



Located 3 km from downtown, the airport of Marrakech-Menara Airport is the second Moroccan airport in terms of traffic after Mohammed V in Casablanca. According to "Travel and Leisure, the new Terminal 1 at the airport is" an example of a successful marriage between traditional Islamic architecture and modern architecture. "

Marrakech-Menara has two terminals, Terminal 1 which was completely refurbished in June 2008, is fueled partly by solar energy. Terminal 2 was opened in 2005. A third terminal is planned for 2012 to bring the total capacity to 8 million passengers per year.

Facilities

Terminal

Menara Airport has two passenger terminals housed in one large building. A third terminal has been built. The existing T1/T2 offer a space of 42.000 m2 and have a designed capacity of 4.5 million passengers/year. The separate freight-terminal has 340m2 covered space. The air terminals (1 and 2) are 22,000 m2 (236,806 sq ft) and designed to handle 2,500,000 passengers per year. Menara is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque.



Runway and Apron

Aircraft parking space of 125,000 square metres (1,345,489 sq ft) supports up to fourteen Boeing 737s and four Boeing 747s. The cargo terminal is 340 m2 (3,660 sq ft) of covered space.[1] The paved runway is laid out in the direction 10/28 is 3,100 by 45 metres (10,171 ft × 148 ft). It can receive all modern jetliners up to the Boeing 747 in size. The airport is equipped with an ILS Cat II landing system and offers the following radio navigation aids: VOR – DME – NDB.

Buses Into The City
The Spanish bus company Alsa operates regular Route 19 buses every day between Marrakesh Menara airport and both the medina (the stop is in a row of bus stops opposite the Koutoubia Mosque) and the new town.


















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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by AutoReportNG: 4:17pm On May 07, 2019

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Racoon(m): 4:20pm On May 07, 2019
While Nigeria is still an under-developed country after 59years of independence dominated by hausa-fulani with nothing to write home about.

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by RTSC: 4:27pm On May 07, 2019
To honest though, I don't understand why people spend billions and billions of dollars on airports.
It is a holding place for air travellers, after all.

As long as you have the required safety standards and everything works fine, you don't need to go over the top.

I would rather the funds are spent in health care,education, social security, trade and roads.

It is business and investment, education and good health care that would bring the travellers in, not how overly splendid the airport is.

Though Morocco is pretty alright in those areas though.

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Banter1(m): 4:30pm On May 07, 2019
It is well.
Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Harrymig1(m): 4:38pm On May 07, 2019
Is MMIA not fine?
Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by davibid: 5:11pm On May 07, 2019
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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by OkoyeA1(m): 5:12pm On May 07, 2019
shocked shocked
Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by nynjgggu: 5:12pm On May 07, 2019

Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by DBossNG(m): 5:13pm On May 07, 2019
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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Bizibi(m): 5:13pm On May 07, 2019
First impression......

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by HigherEd: 5:13pm On May 07, 2019
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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by HigherEd: 5:13pm On May 07, 2019
RTSC:
To honest though, I don't understand why people spend billions and billions of dollars on airports.
It is a holding place for air travellers, after all.

As long as you have the required safety standards and everything works fine, you don't need to go over the top.

I would rather the funds are spent in health care,education, social security, trade and roads.

It is business and investment, education and good health care that would bring the travellers in, not how overly splendid the airport is.

Though Morocco is pretty alright in those areas though.
Lol no, an Airport is the first thing any person would see when visiting any country. A country by the way is not just a geo expression but a brand. And the perception of a country's brand can bring billions into that economy. Reason why many countries spend millions of USD on advertisement and branding.

A beautiful airport surely should indicate organization, beauty and a thriving tourism sector and all... Most countries with great healthcare and education pay attention to the image of their countries too... And it's not as though Nigeria is leaving airports to focus on healthcare and education. Truth is Nigeria is governed haplessly, without any direction, priority or any focus..

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Horus(m): 5:14pm On May 07, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgXjF7q9u80

Marrakesh Menara Airport-Morocco

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by checkedout: 5:14pm On May 07, 2019
RTSC:
To honest though, I don't understand why people spend billions and billions of dollars on airports.
It is a holding place for air travellers, after all.

As long as you have the required safety standards and everything works fine, you don't need to go over the top.

I would rather the funds are spent in health care,education, social security, trade and roads.

It is business and investment, education and good health care that would bring the travellers in, not how overly splendid the airport is.

Though Morocco is pretty alright in those areas though.

You should be ashamed of yourself for this jargons you wrote. Only the full stop made sense

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by BlackfireX: 5:14pm On May 07, 2019
Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow



Muritala Muhammed Airport is now fine o, Nigeria is growing.... Keep it up.
Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by martowskin1(m): 5:15pm On May 07, 2019
RTSC:
To honest though, I don't understand why people spend billions and billions of dollars on airports.
It is a holding place for air travellers, after all.

As long as you have the required safety standards and everything works fine, you don't need to go over the top.

I would rather the funds are spent in health care,education, social security, trade and roads.

It is business and investment, education and good health care that would bring the travellers in, not how overly splendid the airport is.

Though Morocco is pretty alright in those areas though.


thank God say u correct your self las las..... but this is the Nigeria in u speaking

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Rolly22(m): 5:15pm On May 07, 2019
If I see any 9ja airport here make I know wetin cause am
Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by miketayo(m): 5:16pm On May 07, 2019
Racoon:
While Nigeria is still an under-developed country after 59years of independence dominated by hausa-fulani with nothing to write home about.

The funny thing is we don't have to be developed to have this, Ethiopian Airport is 10x better than ours and yet they r under developed than us

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Topmaike007(m): 5:16pm On May 07, 2019
This list is incomplete without Abuja airport

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Rolly22(m): 5:17pm On May 07, 2019
martowskin1:



thank God say u correct your self las las..... but this is the Nigeria in u speaking

I Just tire for that guys comment, that is an example of a typical Average Nigerian Mentality.

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by miketayo(m): 5:17pm On May 07, 2019
BlackfireX:
Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow



Muritala Muhammed Airport is now fine o, Nigeria is growing.... Keep it up.




U mean the new terminal or the entire airport
Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Herbephe1(m): 5:18pm On May 07, 2019
Do justice to your post by postingg Nigerian airport as well
Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by dipseacon: 5:19pm On May 07, 2019
MMA wey no get chairs for people to sit down while waiting for their flights, common chairs Each time I go there and see elderly people standing I weep for our country.
Harrymig1:
Is MMIA not fine?

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Nobody: 5:24pm On May 07, 2019
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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by princeade86(m): 5:25pm On May 07, 2019
what we are saying is that, black are caused. even country in Europe that are black are not left out, while white nations in Africa are enjoy also.

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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by ruggedtimi(m): 5:25pm On May 07, 2019
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Re: Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco: Africa's Finest And Most Beautiful Airport by Nobody: 5:29pm On May 07, 2019
RTSC:
To honest though, I don't understand why people spend billions and billions of dollars on airports.
It is a holding place for air travellers, after all.

As long as you have the required safety standards and everything works fine, you don't need to go over the top.

I would rather the funds are spent in health care,education, social security, trade and roads.

It is business and investment, education and good health care that would bring the travellers in, not how overly splendid the airport is.

Though Morocco is pretty alright in those areas though.

Countries spend billions of dollars on airports to create a good first impression. If you know anything about presentation or branding, you would realize that people make their decisions on something within the first few seconds... A lady sees a guy well dressed, speaking well and looking handsome and she already thinks within herself "If this guy woos me, I'd say yes".

MMIA in Lagos was leaking water the last time I flew into Nigeria and I saw buckets on the floor in the arrivals section of the airport. Tell me, which sane investor would invest in a country that can't even maintain an airport? Does it not even reflect in the Nigerian society that infrastructure is already dead?

Stay there and keep wondering, when common Ghana is almost doing better than Nigeria.

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