The Marrakech-Menara Airport (IATA: RAK) is the entry point for tourists that come to visit the beautiful city of Marrakech in Morocco. Terminals – T1 and T2 span an area of 42,000 square meters and are designed to accommodate more than 3 million passengers. Currently, work is progressing on a third terminal to comfortably serve more passengers all year round. Marrakech airport has a separate 340m2 covered freight terminal as well. Both T1 and T2 offer BMCE bank and Banque Populaire branches in the arrival and departure halls.
The airport terminals offer many facilities for travelers such as cafes, restaurants, pastry shop, a book store & tobacco store. There are duty free shops and Moroccan souvenir shops also inside the terminals where travelers can find many excellent products and gifts. There are two money exchange outlets inside the terminal where you can convert your currency into Moroccan Dirhams or have them exchanged on your departure from Marrakech airport.
During the World War II, Marrakech airport was used as a port for docking and transiting cargo, aircraft and personnel by the US Air Force. It also functioned as a stopover to the Casablanca airfield or to the Agadir airport to the Cairo-Dakar route for transiting aircraft, supplies and personnel as well. Since then, the airport has opened its doors to dozens of flights from around the world. Today, there are direct flights from UK via British Airways, Ryanair and Thomson Airways. There are flights coming in from Casablanca as well, mostly from non-European countries. Flying in from the USA, Canada and Asia normally requires a transfer in Casablanca. From there, its a short 45-minute flight to the beautiful city of Marrakech.
Once you get in Marrakech, you will find everything you need. Transportation to and from the airport is available by taxi, bus or there are car rental counters at the Marrakech airport located near the arrival areas of both terminals. When it comes to transportation in the city, there are some other options like hopping aboard the no. 19 shuttle bus, which leaves the airport every 30 minutes. The Marrakech airport is about 4 miles away from the city. The fastest way to get in and out of the airport is by taking a petit taxi. Before you hop in the taxi, make sure you agree with the taxi driver on the exact fare to your destination.