Rabat - The National Office of Airports (ONDA) achieved a turnover of MAD 3.7 billion in 2017, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2016.
Rabat – The National Office of Airports (ONDA) achieved a turnover of MAD 3.7 billion in 2017, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2016.
With more than 20 million passengers, air traffic showed a strong increase of 11.63 percent compared to 2016, along with an increase in domestic traffic of 11 percent.
International traffic increased by 11.67 percent with a significant increase in traffic with Europe at 12.17 percent, said a statement from ONDA. The agency welcomed the “sharp increase” in the number of passengers having passed through the different air terminals of the kingdom.
Aeronautical fees recorded an increase of 8.4 percent, reaching MAD 2.98 billion in 2017, thanks to the combined effect of growth in passenger traffic and overflights, with a rise of 7.3 percent, respectively, and the number of flights increasing by 8.32 percent.
Non-aeronautical revenues amounted to MAD 752 million, an increase of 18.6 percent compared to 2016. This evolution is mainly due to the growth of commercial revenues, which rose by 23.6 percent including a rise in government fees of 11.8 percent.
While 2017 revenues recorded positive growth, ONDA seeks to register even more growth in 2018. Following guideline of the 2018 Finance Law, the office expects income to reach MAD 4.05 billion in 2018, based on assumptions of sustained growth in passenger traffic which is forecast to rise 7 percent. Aircraft departures and arrivals will rise 6 percent, overflights will increase 7 percent and airfreight is expected to increase 10 percent.
ONDA council members approved the draft budget for 2018, which would allocate an amount of MAD 2.595 billion to investments, of which MAD 1.66 billion is for the further development of airport capacity, MAD 419 million for airport safety and security, and 249 billion dirhams for airfield operations safety and security.