Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Terminal Velocity

So, with 2 days left until I leave for vacation, I received, this morning, this timely little announcement from the fine folks at Royal Air Maroc:

Terminal 3 of the Casablanca Mohammed V airport has just been commissioned on May 01, 2006 in order to face up to air traffic growth and to ensure better conditions of comfort and security to passengers. This new boarding space with an area of 600 square meters is equipped with 3 (count 'em, 3! ~ CinR) additional check-in counters, a VIP lounge, duty-free shops, a point of sale for tobacco and newspapers, restaurants, a foreign exchange bank, and free and permanent shuttles ensuring the transfer between terminals 1 and 3 of the airport. A life space, including recreational and relaxation areas is also planned, in the very short term. With these new facilities, Royal Air Maroc and the Moroccan Airport Authority (ONDA) thus plan to offer you an optimal quality of service and reception, for your greatest satisfaction.

In case you're wondering, there is no Terminal 2.

15 Comments:

Blogger knarf said...

"optimal quality of service and reception, for your greatest satisfaction"

Sounds like you're quite fortunate, in that you'll experience these things.

Dare one axe why there's no Terminal 2?

6:27 PM  
Blogger knarf said...

BTW, what's the hot water situation like just now?

Not at Terminal 3, but at your little apartment.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

Comment 1: I'm torn between the inability of Casa's civil planners to count and the possibility that 3 is just an ineffably cool number. Leaning towards the former.

Comment 1: The only hot water in my apartment is the glass of water which has been sitting on my table for the last 10 minutes.

9:16 PM  
Blogger knarf said...

That sounds more like warm or tepid water than actual hot water.

Pauvre toi!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

It's hot here but yes, I am probably exaggerating un peu.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Liosliath said...

Make sure you tell your driver to follow the signs for Terminal 3 - it's quite far away from the main terminal.

I took this from my friend's website, it was invaluable when I flew back in June:

**********************************

Important information

for passengers departing from Casablanca airport to the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands

As Casablanca airport is being renovated and extended, some flights will depart from a different terminal than the main building used for all flights until now.

From May 1, 2006, passengers leaving on direct flights to:

- the United States
- Canada
- Italy
- Germany
- the Netherlands

will have to go through Terminal 3, also called "Aérogare Sud".

The route to this terminal is indicated on the street signs along the access road to the airport. Tell your taxi driver to follow these signs.

If you are traveling to the airport by train or for some other reason end up at the main building, there's a free shuttle bus to Terminal 3.

All arriving flights will still use the main terminal.

http://www.triotours.com/faq/ma/
airport-to-casablanca.htm#4

1:50 AM  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

Liosliath: a million thanks! I've already printed your directions.

7:50 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Just because you can't see it, it doesn't mean Terminal 2 doesn't exist.

Where do you think all the magic flying carpets transit from?

8:06 AM  
Blogger knarf said...

http://tinyurl.com/qcx69

11:45 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

See? Living proof!!!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Sencer said...

I still have 8 days to complete my master's thesis then will take my plane to casablanca. I heard some bad news that RAM had a bad history on double booking. Did it happen to any of you? What is cas airport like, i guess it is huge but is it organised? A guy from akhawayn will pick me up. I dont want to get lost especially in a country where english is rarely spoken. cheers,
sench

1:56 PM  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

Hi Senser,
Casa's airport isn't large - at least terminal 1 isn't. In fact, it's pretty rinky-dink. As for double-booking, let's hope not. I haven't heard any horror stories on that count (yet).

2:26 PM  
Anonymous chrisso said...

In late December/early January, I flew RAM from Amsterdam to Casa (and back)and other than both flights being late and experiencing a lengthy delay in getting my luggage everything was fine.

I found Mohammed Airport is clean, fairly well organized (except maybe in the numbering of its terminals) however it has the look and feel of a North American shopping mall from the late 1970's.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

Btw, good luck with your thesis Sencer!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Liosliath said...

Hi Sencer - I've flown to Morocco about 11 times (probably more, I'm losing count) on RAM, and I've never been bumped due to double-booking, over-booking, or anything like that.

On that link I gave Cat, there's a map of the terminal - you can see that it's pretty small, so you should have no trouble finding your friend.

3:25 PM  

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