Commissioned in 2010, Dakhla Airport, designed to accommodate 300,000 passengers per year, begins by reaching full use of its capacity. The platform, which handled 257,000 passengers in 2019, according to the Moroccan Airports Office (ONDA), could be facing a capacity problem.
The Moroccan Airports Office announces the upcoming launch of extension and development works at Dakhla airport, located in southern Morocco, to increase its annual capacity to 1 million passengers against 300 000 currently.
The work is part of the investment plan of nearly 5.4 billion dirhams (about $ 595 million) of the authority in charge of airport management, which aims to upgrade several airport platforms in the countries by 2024.
In Dakhla, the works planned at the airport are divided into two phases. A first phase will focus on expanding the area of the platform from 3,000 m² to 10,000 m².
Stage 2 concerns “the extension of the aircraft parking lots to accommodate seven medium-sized aircraft, the expansion of a car parking area and the development of an aircraft parking lot and another for airplanes. cars near the freight terminal ”. This part of the work also includes the construction of a hotel zone and various networks and access roads.
It should be noted that Moroccan airports have recently started a gradual resumption of their traffic, which should reach, with 25 million passengers in 2024, a level close to that before the pandemic. An evolution of flows that ONDA intends to adjust to the current capacities of airports.