Jetex wins license for five FBOs in Morocco
Following its award of a license in the Moroccan National Airports Authority (ONDA) FBO tender, Jetex will launch five new fixed base operator (FBO) facilities in Casablanca Mohammed V, Marrakech Menara, Rabat-Salé, Agadir-Al Massira and Dakhla airports.
These new Moroccan facilities will be the first FBO operations within the country, ushering in a new era for both business aviation operators and travelers in the area. "By partnering with Jetex, ONDA marks a new strategic step in the development of business aviation activity across Morocco's Airports. Jetex is a global player in the industry, and these five new FBO installations will undeniably bring a significant improvement in hosting and handling passengers across business aviation," said Zouhair Mohammed El Aoufir, CEO of ONDA.
"Jetex is proud to partner with ONDA to revolutionize Morocco's business aviation industry with its first FBO facility," said Adel Mardini, CEO and President of Jetex. "We aim to provide world-class bespoke luxury services and create a memorable travel experience for our valued guests while offering new business aviation routes to meet the needs of this rapidly growing market."
Swissport Executive Aviation was also awarded an FBO tender by ONDA and will be the only other provider of FBO services in Morocco. The award of the licences follows a comprehensive and rigorous open tender process. Both Swissport and ONDA are confident that the tender result will be positive for the general development of the airports in Morocco and its aviation sector, as well as for employees, airlines and passengers. With the award of the handling licences for international airports in Morocco, Swissport will launch the first FBO product at Moroccan airports and operate facilities in Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and Tanger, putting an experienced management team in place for the start-up preparation.
Juan Jose Andres Alvez, Executive Vice President of Swissport International for Ground Handling in Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa, commented: “We are all excited about this great tender success. The market entry in Morocco is an important milestone in Swissport’s geographical expansion in Africa. The company will make sure that the right people and resources are in place to fully meet the requirements and expectations of ONDA, airlines and passengers. Over the coming days and weeks we shall coordinate with the main stakeholders.
Besides being a professional provider of ground services, Swissport is determined to add value and support to Morocco’s aviation industry and the wider national economy. Alongside our existing operations in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Algeria, the award of the Morocco licences will considerably strengthen Swissport’s position in North Africa. We look forward to further developing our operations and hub expertise in this important and promising region.”
With countrywide coverage, these new Moroccan FBOs offer an intricate network of locations that will be designed to accommodate all types of business aircraft and provide ample parking space at each FBO facility.
Projected business aviation movements are expected to rise annually, as Morocco seeks to position itself as the gateway to Africa.