Rabat-Salé Airport

Rabat-Salé Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Rabat-Salé Airport
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type = Civil/Military
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operator = ONDA
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location = Rabat
elevation-f = 276
elevation-m = 81
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r1-number = 04/22
r1-length-f = 11,483
r1-length-m = 3,500
r1-surface = Asphalt
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Rabat-Salé Airport is an airport near Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco airport codes|RBA|GMME.


Passenger terminal and facilities

Access to the airport only possible by taxi or private car; free parking space available.

*The public area (arrivals exit) offers kiosk/tobacconist, banks/ATM, café-bar, phone/fax service.
*The departure lounge offers: café-bar, duty-free shop, telephones, smoking-lounge
*A facility for praying is located outside the terminal building.

The following airlines have a ticket-office/representation in the terminal:
*Air France (via Star Aviation Service)
*Aigle Azur
*Royal Air Maroc
*Buraq Air

The terminal is 3.900 m2 large and has a maximum capacity of 700.000 passengers/year.Source ONDA website about [http://www.onda.ma/ONDA/Fr/Espaces/EspacePassagers/LeReseauAeroportuaireONDA/Lesaeroports/Fiches+d’identité+par+aéroport/RABAT/ Rabat-Sale Airport] visited May 21, 2008]

Freight facilities

The freight-terminal covers an area of 1360 m2.

Parking/ramp for aircraft

An area of 84.000 m2 is available for passenger aircraft offering 10 stands. The stands can receive 1 x Boeing 747, 3 x Boeing 737, 2 x Airbus A310 and 4 x Airbus A320


The single runway lies in direction 04/22, is 3500 meter long and 45 meter wide.


The airport has an ILS Class 1 certification and offers the following radionavigational aids: VORDMENDB

Airlines and destinations

*Aigle Azur (Paris) Airbus A320
*Air France (Paris) Airbus A318,A319,A320
*Buraq Air (Tripoli) Boeing 737-800
*Royal Air Maroc (Paris) Boeing 737-700
*Royal Air Maroc (Agadir) Boeing 737-700
*Jet4you (Paris) Boeing 737-400

Traffic statistics

[ Source 2007 statistics:

[http://www.onda.ma/ONDA/Fr/Espaces/EspacePassagers/LeReseauAeroportuaireONDA/Lesaeroports/Fiches+d’identité+par+aéroport/RABAT/Presentation.htm Presentation Rabat-Salé Airport] on ONDA website, visited May 20,


Accidents involving Rabat-Salé airport

Flights with destination RBA

July 12, 1961 - A Czech Airlines (CSA) Ilyushin Il-18 en route from Zürich-Kloten to Rabat-Salé Airport diverted to Casablanca Anfa Airport (GMMC) after receiving wheater info indicating ground fog at Rabat-Salé. As the conditions at GMMC weren't good either the captain of the plane asked permission to land on Casablanca-Nouasseur (CMN), then an USAF base. While GMMC controllers contacted American authorities the plane crashed 13 kn. SSW of GMMC. All 72 on board (64 passengers, 8 crew) died.Exact reason of crash never discovered. [Accident facts taken from [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19610712-0 Aviation-safety.net] website, visited on May 21, 2008]

September 12, 1961 An Air France Sud Aviation Caravelle en route from Paris-Orly to Rabat-Salé Airport. The weather conditions at the time where non-favouravle: thick fog and low visibility. The pilot informed traffic control it intended to land using the Non-directional beacon. Traffic control warned the pilot that the NDR was not in-line with the runway, but this message received no response. The aircraft crashed 9 km. SSW of the airport. All 77 on board (71 passengers, 6 crew) died.Exact reason never disvovered but investigators reported errors in instrument reading as the most likely reason. [Accident facts taken from [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19610912-1 Aviation-safety.net] website, visited on May 21, 2008]

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