Monday, May 29, 2017

Fez-Saiss Airport Opens

On Sunday, the long awaited opening of the new Fez Airport terminal took place. King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, inaugurated the new terminal which was built with an investment of around 471 million dirhams

The project implemented by the National Airports Office (ONDA), aimed to equip the city of Fez with a modern airport infrastructure conforming to international standards and respond to the growth of passenger traffic.

The extension of the Fez-Saiss airport included the construction of a new terminal with a total surface area of ​​28,000 m 2 , expansion of the aircraft parking area to accommodate four additional aircraft, including one large aircraft, And the development of a new track linking the runway. These achievements will increase the annual capacity of the airport to 2.5 million passengers instead of currently 500,000.

The opening of the project has been delayed on a number of occasions. In April 2016, the Huffington Post announced, "King Mohammed VI, currently visiting Fes, could inaugurate the new terminal in the coming days" - sadly not that time. People close to the project say that on inspection some of the work was not of a good enough standard and had to be redone.

In order to best meet the needs and expectations of users, both national and international, the new terminal is equipped with state-of-the-art technology in line with international safety, security and service quality requirements. It is also characterised by a modern architecture, optimising the spaces for a smooth management of the passengers and benefiting from natural lighting thanks to the presence of glazed façades on the airside and on the city side, which offers travellers a very pleasant interior space.

The finishing and decoration of the terminal represent a subtle mix between the modern creative touch and the ubiquitous traditional designs, paying homage to the know-how of the Moroccan artisan. Unique works of art, created by renowned Moroccan artists, are also exhibited, presenting Moroccan art in its diversity of trends, telling various stories and reminding passengers that the space that welcomes them is a place to culture, modernity, and creativity.

The new airport terminal Fès-Saiss includes a public hall, a boarding lounge, a duty-free shopping area, a reception hall, a children's playground, and a catering area.

It also houses offices of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, for advice and assistance to Moroccans residing abroad (MRE), banks and foreign exchange agencies, an area reserved for the delivery of luggage, an 800-car car park and a drop-off area.

Also, while in Fez, King Mohammed VI inaugurated a centre for treating addictive behaviour. With an investment of 5.5 million DH, the centre, in the Doukkarate district, will ensure the medical and social care of people suffering from addictive behaviour particularly related to drug use. The Sovereign also launched the food support operation "Ramadan 1438". Organised by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, this operation distributes 55 million DH worth of support and will benefit nearly 2.4 million people, 403,000 of whom live in rural areas.


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