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Casablanca-Anfa Airport
IATA: CASICAO: GMMC
Anfa Airport(Casablanca) is located in Morocco
Anfa Airport
(Casablanca)
Location of airport in Morocco
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Casablanca, Morocco
Elevation AMSL 203 ft / 62 m
Coordinates 33°33′25″N 007°39′38″W / 33.55694°N 7.66056°W / 33.55694; -7.66056
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,104 6,903 Asphalt
[1]

Casablanca-Anfa Airport is an airport in Morocco (IATA: CASICAO: GMMC), located about 6 kilometres (4 mi) southwest of Casablanca. Anfa Airport is one of two airports serving the Casablanca area, the other being the newer and larger Mohammed V International Airport. Anfa Airport, restricted by the urban growth around it, primarily serves local air traffic. Air Arabia Maroc flies since December 2009 from Anfa to Barcelona, Lyon, Milan, Paris and Venice.

History

Built in the 1920s by the French colonial government, Anfa Airport was the primary airport for Casablanca until the United States Air Force closed its base at Nouasseur in 1959. Nouasseur Air Base was renamed Mohammed V International Airport and has been expanded over the years to handle large jet aircraft and has become Casablanca's primary airport.

During World War II, Anfa Airport was taken over by the Vichy French government and used as an airport as well as an air base for the Vichy French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air de Vichy) with its limited aircraft allowed by the Armistice with Nazi Germany. It was also used by Lufthansa and German military transports. It was immortalized in the fictional 1942 film Casablanca

Anfa Airport was one of the primary Allied objectives during Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa and was seized in the initial landings in the Casablanca area. After its capture by Allied forces, it functioned as an Allied military airfield throughout the remainder of the war, supporting the United States Army during the North African Campaign, and also as an Air Transport Command cargo hub on the North African Route. It also served as a transit point for United States Army Air Force aircraft heading to England as part of Eighth Air Force as well as Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces in the Mediterranean Theater as part of the southern air transport route from the United States via Brazil and Dakar. It was returned to civilian control in late 1945. [2] [3] [4] [5]

Airlines and destinations

  • Air Arabia Maroc (Barcelona, Lyon, Milan, Paris, Venice) [since December 2009]

References

  1. ^ Airport information for GMMC at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  3. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  4. ^ Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975
  5. ^ USAFHRA search for Telergma Airport
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