Rabat – Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport is the best in Africa, according to the Airports Council International (ACI) “Airport Service Quality Awards 2017.”
To claim the distinction, Morocco’s premier airport beat both Mauritius and South Africa, which were named second and third place respectively.
The Airport Service Quality Awards 2017 survey airports across six regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Latin America-Caribbean.
Other regional winners include Russia’s Sochi Airport (AER), Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH), and India’s Delhi Airport (DEL).
Airports Council International released its official rankings on Tuesday, March 6, from their headquarters in Montreal, noting that the awards are growing increasingly competitive as the airline industry expands and air travel becomes more common.
The Airport Service Quality Awards (ASQ) will be awarded during the ACI Customer Excellence Global Summit in September in Nova Scotia.
In 2017, Mohammed V Airport exceeded 9 million passengers for the first time, making it one of the top airport hubs in Africa. According to the National Office of Airports (ONDA), the Mohammed V Airport registered 9,357,427 passengers, marking an increase of 8.60 percent from 2016.
Air traffic has been on the rise to Morocco in recent years. In 2017, the nation reported a record-breaking 11.63 percent increase across all the country’s airports.
“The year 2017 is a record year for the kingdom’s airports, that have welcomed 20,357,866 passengers, a sharp rise of around 11.63%,” said ONDA.
Although Morocco has long been a destination for foreign tourists on vacation or conducting business, ONDA noted that there was also a significant increase in domestic flights: some 2 million passengers flew between Moroccan cities in 2017.
On March 8, the Ireland-based airline Ryanair announced five new flights out of Marrakech: Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Karlsruhe, and Zaventem. With these new flights and the continued momentum, Morocco looks to have busy skies in the years ahead.