Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport

Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport
Aéroport de Tanger-Ibn Battuta
مطار طنجة ابن بطوطة
Airport type Public
Operator ONDA
Location Tangier, Morocco
Focus city for Air Arabia Maroc
TUI Airlines Belgium
Royal Air Maroc
Elevation AMSL 62 ft / 19 m
Coordinates 35°43′37″N 005°55′01″W / 35.72694°N 5.91694°W / 35.72694; -5.91694
Location of airport in Morocco
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
7/25 (CLOSED) 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft movements 5,485 (year 2,008)
Passengers 1,070,247 (year 2,017)
Freight (tons) 587.78
Sources: ONDA,[1] DAFIF[2][3]

Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport[4][5][6][7][8] (French: Aéroport de Tanger-Ibn Battouta, Arabic: مطار طنجة ابن بطوطة) (IATA: TNG, ICAO: GMTT) is an international airport serving Tangier[2] (Tanger in French), the capital city of the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region in Morocco. The airport is named for Ibn Battouta (1304–1368), a Moroccan traveler who was born in Tangier. Named after Ibn Batouta, he airport was formerly known as Tanger-Boukhalef Airport.[9]

A new airport terminal building was opened in 2008 to provide for many more flights and increased passenger capability, as Tangier has grown rapidly and modernised. The airport is certified by ISO 9001/2000 quality standards.

The airport handled over 1,070,247 passengers in the year 2017.[10]


Aircraft parking space of 40,640 square metres (437,445 sq ft) supports up to four Boeing 737s and one Boeing 747. For small craft two dedicated sections are assigned. The air terminal is 12,000 m2 (129,167 sq ft) and designed to handle 1,250,000 passengers per year. The cargo terminal is 529 m2 (5,694 sq ft) of covered space.[1]

The airport has two runways but only the longer runway is in active use and 07/25 is closed.[11] The 3500 meter long runway 10/28 is open and is capable of handling all sizes of aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747 and Airbus A380-800.[1]

The airport has an ILS status (Loc – Glide – DME) and offers the following radionavigational aids: VORDMENDB.[1] PAPI lighting available for runway 10/28 for approaches from either direction.[11]

Tangier-Ibn Battouta is one of the six airports in Morocco where ONDA offers its special VIP service Salon Convives de Marque.[12]

Airlines and destinations


Air Arabia Maroc Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakesh (begins 28 October 2018), Nador (begins 29 October 2018), Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Iberia Regional Madrid
Seasonal: Málaga [13]
Germania Seasonal: Toulouse
Royal Air Maroc Amsterdam, Brussels, Casablanca, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Barcelona, London–Heathrow, Nador, Ouarzazate
Seasonal charter: Jeddah, Medina
Royal Air Maroc Express Al Hoceima, Casablanca, Gibraltar
Seasonal: Madrid
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Charleroi, Hahn, Madrid, Marseille, Seville (begins 28 October 2018), Valencia (begins 29 October 2018), Weeze[14]
SaudiaSeasonal charter: Jeddah, Medina
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia France Paris–Orly[15]
TUI fly Belgium Charleroi, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Brussels, Liège, Rotterdam
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle


ASL Airlines Ireland Lisbon-Portela, Paris-Orly
DHL Aviation Alicante
Med Airlines Casablanca, Lisbon-Portela, Paris-Orly, Porto, Zaragoza


Traffic 2017 2016 2015 2014 2011[16]2008[17]2007[18]20062005200420032002
Aircraft movements[19] ? ? ? ? ?5485599161797092749674227361
Passengers[20] 1,070,247 848,643 856,818 853,251 849,882484,391365,750292,599262,698256,149259,466268,829
Freight (tons)[21] ? ? ? ? 587.78524.79628.73621.57359.78533.14495.78417.20


Tangier-Ibn Battouta is served by a dedicated taxi stand. Grand Taxis are available 24 hours a day at the curb in front of the terminal. The price of these taxis is fixed by the Moroccan Government. There are no bus routes that serve the airport directly. Small local taxis may drop off passengers but are forbidden from picking up at the terminal.

Incidents and accidents

  • On 13 October 1953, one passenger died on a domestic flight to Casablanca. During initial climb from Tanger the plane encountered unknown problems and made an emergency landing on a beach. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
  • On 23 December 1973, a Sud Aviation Caravelle on lease to Royal Air Maroc crashed near the airport after the pilot turned too far to the East in his approach to runway 28. In dark and rainy conditions the plane overflew dangerous terrain and crashed into mountains. All 106 on board died.[22]
  • On 23 November 1988, Vickers Viscount G-BBVH of Gibraltar Airways was damaged beyond economic repair in a landing accident.[23]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Tanger". Office national des aéroports (ONDA). Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Airport information for GMTT". DAFIF. World Aero Data. Effective October 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. "Airport information for GMTT". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  4. "S.M. le Roi inaugure le nouveau Terminal de l'aéroport Tanger Ibn Battouta" (in French). Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA). 1 July 2008. Archived from the original on 29 November 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  5. "Aéroport Tanger Ibn Battouta : Inauguration du nouveau Terminal" (in French). Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA). Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  6. "Aéroport Tanger Ibn Batouta : NOUVELLE AEROGARE opérationnelle en octobre 2007" (in French). Le Journal de Tanger. Retrieved 13 March 2010. (English translation via Google)
  7. "2008 photo of terminal showing name as Aeroport Tanger Ibn Battouta". Panoramio. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  8. "Undated photo of terminal showing name as Aeroport Tanger Ibn Battuta". Panoramio. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  9. "Tangier-Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG / GMTT)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  10. "Aéroports du Maroc : Trafic aérien de l'année 2017" (PDF). 2018-01-22 via ONDA.
  11. 1 2 Runway information on TAG web about TANGER Archived 19 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ONDA website on the VIP service, visited 17 March 2012
  13. "IBERIA Regional adds new seasonal Tangier link in S17". routesonline. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  14. Sander van Mersbergen. "Woedende topman Ryanair schrapt vluchten in Eindhoven" (in Dutch). ad.nl. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  15. "Transavia France adds new Paris routes in S17". routesonline. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  16. 2011 details from Onda Report 2011 Archived 4 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. source details 2008:ONDA REPORT 2007-2008
  18. 2007 details from Comparison 06/07 report from ONDA
  19. Details 2002–2006 from ONDA movement report, PDF document
  20. Details 2002–2006 from ONDA passenger report, PDF document
  21. Details 2002–2006 from ONDA freight report, PDF document
  22. Accident details from Aviation Safety database on Tanger Airport, visited 27 July 2008;Footnote: In the database this 1971-accident happened during En Route phase of the flight and not during descent or approach
  23. "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
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