Subscribe Free
in Business Aviation

Morocco's business aviation airport project on track

Posted 12 September 2017 · Add Comment

Morocco's business aviation project is on track to meet its goals of creating a new industry hub in North Africa, according to Zouhair El Aoufir, CEO of Office Nationale des Aeroports (ONDA).

Speaking at the MEBAA Conference Morocco today, El Aoufir gave around 100 attendees an exclusive look into the project.

“Being an air junction between Europe, Africa, North and South America, Near and Middle East, Morocco enjoys a privileged situation, an undeniable competitive advantage which makes it a serious candidate for the development of business aviation,” he said. “ONDA has therefore mandated an international firm to study the development potential of this activity and also recommend the necessary investments as well as the best model for its realization and management.”

With Morocco strategically positioned as an aviation hub for the region and benefitting from government support and investment, the country’s business aviation project is an ideal fit to keep pace with the regional growth of the industry. El Aoufir stated that the first phase of the project, when the airport will be operational, is planned for 2025, with a further ten-year growth plan. “The concept of upgradeability is at the heart of planning to provide a progressive layout of parking lots, hangars and commercial activities to enhance our heritage,” added , El Aoufir.

Another learning was that Middle East and North Africa (MENA) purchasers of business jets prioritise brand, range and new technology when making a buying decision, according to Raghed Talih, Director, Middle East and Turkey of Honeywell Aerospace. Presenting results from Honeywell’s latest survey of executive aircraft purchase expectations, Talih pointed out the differences in the region’s buying motivations and discussed the opportunities offered to both OEMs and resellers.

“The MEBAA Conferences are always informative and add true value to attendees business,” said Ali Alnaqbi, Founding & Executive Chairman of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA). “Today’s announcements and lively panel discussions have certainly demonstrated the wide range of opportunities presented by the burgeoning growth in the region. I hope that all of the attendees found it as useful as I did and am pleased that MEBAA has been able to enhance their knowledge of these opportunities.

Other topics covered throughout the day included the context of the FBO market in North Africa, during which Josh Stewart, Founder and CEO of XJET, Adel Mardini, CEO and President of Jetex and Christophe de Figueiredo, CEO of Swissport Maroc looked at the development of FBOs in Morocco, how they are evolving and the context of the FBO market in North Africa.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Kuwait Airways signs with Safran Nacelles

Safran Nacelles has been selected by Kuwait Airways to provide unscheduled maintenance services coverage and asset management for thrust reversers on the airline’s Airbus A330 jetliner fleet powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700

Gulf Air’s on time punctuality garners top ranking in 2017

Gulf Air has been independently ranked by UK aviation analysts OAG the third most punctual airline in 2017, amongst Middle East and African airlines, with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 80.22%.

Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East opens today

The Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East events opened today in Dubai.

Emirates SkyCargo offers enhanced protection for pharmaceutical cargo

Emirates SkyCargo, has stepped up its commitment to securely transport temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments with the introduction of pharma corridors offering additional protection across selected stations in its

Boeing's 787-10 Dreamliner cleared for commercial service by Federal Aviation Administration

Boeing has announced the 787-10 Dreamliner received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), clearing the aircraft for commercial service.

Oman's new generation takes off

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has inducted the first of its newly acquired Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighters and BAE Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, ushering in a new era for one of the UK’s oldest and closest regional allies. Jon

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418Abu Dhabi AirExpo BT2018ArabianTravelMkBT250418AIME BT1204240118Saudi Future Airports BT150318Global Aerospace BT2018SOFEX BT2018MEBAA BT2018Istanbul Airshow BT22018BIAS BT271017161118