2030 World Cup/ Tourism sector: the pace of development of public projects for all transport will accelerate

HIBAPRESS-RABAT-MTL The Minister of Transport and Logistics Mr. Mohammed ABDELJALIL has just stated, during a meeting of the thematic group responsible for preparing the annual session for the evaluation of public policies in the tourism sector at the Chamber of Advisors, that the pace of development of public projects in the transport sector should accelerate in the coming years, thanks to the initiatives driven by HM King Mohammed VI. Morocco, through the new development model presented to His Majesty the King, has made the strategic choice to strengthen its competitiveness to promote its economic transition and consolidate its positioning as an attractive regional hub for investments.

As part of this evolving dynamic, the transport and logistics sector will see, in the medium term, the realization of a significant public investment program aimed at developing a more global and more sustainable public passenger transport system, and which meets the needs of mobility at national and international levels, in complete safety and with appropriate quality.

Mr. ADELJALIL also recalled the signing in 2023 of a framework partnership agreement for the implementation of the strategic roadmap for the tourism sector for the period 2023-2026, for a budget of 6.1 Billions of Dirhams, and which aims to attract around 17.5 million tourists by 2026.

To achieve the objectives of this roadmap, one of the fundamental levers adopted consists of putting in place a plan to increase air transport capacity, both at the level of national airports and at the level of air connectivity between Morocco and the rest of the world, indicating that government policy on air transport revolves around the liberalization of the air transport market, the strengthening of domestic air transport as a lever for opening up and promoting tourism, as well as the development of the Casablanca hub and the support of Royal Air Maroc (RAM) in its strategic program.

In this regard, the Minister recalled the signing, on July 11, 2023, of the program contract (2023-2037) between the government and RAM. This program provides for the increase in the State’s contribution to the company’s capital and the implementation of a major investment program which aims to quadruple its air fleet, to increase it from 50 aircraft currently to 200 in the next 15 years, transporting more than 32 million passengers per year, to more than 100 additional new international destinations around the world

This expansion plan aims to strengthen the existing network from which Royal Air Maroc benefits through its membership in the “One World” airline alliance, noting that the company’s international route network will thus include more than 160 direct routes, connected to the “One World” network, which includes more than 900 airports in more than 170 countries and territories around the world.

Mr. ABDELJALIL highlighted the new strategy of the national airline which provides, at the same time, a complete review of the network of domestic routes, taking into account the importance of the development of local territories, which are at the heart of RAM’s concerns. , in accordance with the country’s strategic orientations. In addition to the main network whose axis is Casablanca, an internal network project will be developed with a view to directly connecting the other cities together for a fluid connection between the regions, noting that air bases will be created in six cities, while the network will have 46 lines and 173 flights, with formats adapted to the short and medium term.

Likewise, the government official recalled that during the year 2023, a study was launched to develop the infrastructure of Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, according to international standards with a view to promoting its growing role as a mega- air hub in Africa, capable of raising it to the rank of the top 100 airports in the world. At the same time, the National Airports Office (ONDA) will continue to carry out a certain number of “Quick Wins” improvements in the airports of Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier, through a series of practical measures aimed at to strengthen the capacity of these facilities, improve the fluidity of passenger flows and the quality of the services provided to them.

In addition to the construction of a new terminal at Rabat-Salé airport, capable of accommodating 4 million passengers, the construction of a new passenger terminal at Tetouan-Saniat R’mel airport, and the upgrade of Al Hoceima airport, the Minister indicated that ONDA will launch, between 2024 and 2030, several projects to develop national airports and increase their capacity, for a total cost of 5 billion Dirhams, covering in particular those of Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier.

Mr. ABDELJALIL also discussed the development projects of the national rail system, which will be carried out between 2024 and 2030, including the extension of the High Speed ​​Line (LGV) network to Marrakech and the development of a new urban and regional rail transport service (RER) in the regions of Casablanca-Settat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra and Marrakech-Benguerir.

These lines should contribute effectively to the organization of mobility in these regions and increase the efficiency of the public passenger transport system, the ONCF will invest 16 billion Dirhams for the acquisition of 168 trains, including 150 to provide services intercity trains, fast shuttles and major city trains, as well as 18 for the extension of the LGV.

The ONCF will also continue to carry out the operations planned in its program aimed at securing the railways, which includes the removal of level crossings and their replacement with engineering structures and the equipping of others with sound alert devices. , automated barriers and traffic lights, as well as the construction of roadside fencing and pedestrian bridges

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