Morocco: Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)
Location of the Airport: 20 miles from Casablanca
Pros: Numerous international routes
Cons: Incredibly crowded and poorly organized
Ground Transportation: There are two public transportation options: a train and a bus, though they don’t run 24 hours a day. You can grab a taxi outside the terminal.
Serving more than 10 million passengers in 2019, Mohammed V International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa.11 Its travelers come from a range of countries: National carrier Royal Air Maroc flies to five continents from its hub here, and those routes are supplemented by numerous other airlines like Air Canada, Eurowings, and Qatar. Given the large numbers of passengers, lines can get backed up at security and immigration—passengers report that navigating the airport can be confusing, exacerbated by chaotic crowds.
Morocco: Marrakech Al Menara Airport (RAK)
Location of the Airport: 4 miles outside of the city center
Pros: Beautiful, modern architecture
Cons: Very crowded, confusing processes for security and immigration
Ground Transportation: Taxis—both private and shared—are available 24 hours a day. A local bus service stops just outside the airport.
Though less busy than Mohammed V International Airport, Marrakech Al Menara Airport is still one of the busiest in Africa, serving 5.2 million passengers in 2018.12 While Royal Air Maroc does fly here, the airline with the largest number of routes is actually budget carrier Ryanair. Other budget airlines fly here from Europe, too, including Wizz Air, easyJet, Transavia, and Vueling. The airport is noted for its modern architecture, though travelers report a chaotic scene inside, including large lines at immigration and security.