Air passenger traffic at the Fez-Sais airport raised by 1.82% at the end of September 2014 compared with the same period last year.
The increase reflects the surge of travelers receiving services from the airport whose numbers swell from 582,418 passengers last year to 593,027 passengers during the first nine months of 2014, according to National Airports Office (ONDA).
As for the month of September, a total of 72,283 passengers passed through the Fez-Sais airport against 76,476 people in the same month of 2013, a decrease of 5.48%. At the national level, the global commercial air passenger traffic increased by 1.18% in September compared with the same period on the previous year. On the other hand, the cumulative commercial traffic for the first 9 months 2014 increased by 6.81%.
The Fez-Sais airport placed fifth on the classification of commercial air traffic area following those of Casablanca-Mohammed V, Marrakech-Menara, Agadir- Al Massira and Tangier- Ibn Battuta. Built on an area of 17,000 square meters, the new terminal at Fez Sais airport is part of a major airport expansion project for a total cost of DH 479 million which will increase its annual capacity to accommodate 2.5 million passengers against its current capacity of 500,000 passengers.
Funded jointly by ONDA and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the work also concerns the extension of the aircraft parking and the straps connecting with the runway, the construction of a new parking lot with 800 spaces for cars, in addition to the equipment of the new terminal to enable the processing of passengers in the best conditions of safety, security and quality service. After the commissioning of new equipment, the total area of the Fez-Sais airport will reach 22,600 square meters, to meet the substantial increase in passengers and the arrival of new companies.