Documented: Fez prepares for the 2030 World Cup to transport 38,000 passengers per hour to and from the stadium and 2,000 passengers per hour to and from the airport

Moroccan authorities have announced a comprehensive plan to develop and strengthen the transport and mobility sector in the city of Fez, as part of preparations for hosting the 2030 FIFA World Cup. The plan includes significant improvements in air transport, railways, and urban public transportation.

In air transport, Fez-Saiss Airport will be expanded by December 2028, increasing its capacity from 3 to 5 million passengers annually. Additionally, 100 new aircraft parking spaces will be added, including 50 for commercial aircraft and 50 for business aviation.

The railway sector will see notable improvements by December 2028, including the renewal of rolling stock on the Rabat-Fez high-speed train line, which will reduce travel time by one hour. A new train station will be built in Meknes by September 2024, and a technical maintenance center will be established in 2027. Furthermore, a high-frequency train between Fez and Meknes will be launched with four scheduled urban stops.

Regarding urban public transport, services to the stadium and airport will be strengthened through structural projects included in the study of urban mobility restructuring in Fez. Transport service to the stadium, currently served by two bus lines, will be enhanced, as will the connection to the airport, currently served by one bus line with a capacity of 40 passengers per hour.

A special traffic study will be conducted to identify and address needs related to organizing the World Cup. Urban public transport capacity will be boosted by renting temporary buses (420 to serve the stadium and 40 for the airport) to transport up to 38,000 passengers per hour to and from the stadium, and 2,000 passengers per hour to and from the airport.

This comprehensive plan aims to improve the transport infrastructure in Fez, enhancing its ability to host a global event like the World Cup and contributing to the city’s long-term development.

The initiatives outlined in this plan demonstrate Morocco’s commitment to upgrading its infrastructure to meet international standards for hosting major sporting events. These improvements are expected to not only serve the World Cup but also provide lasting benefits to residents and visitors of Fez, positioning the city as a modern, well-connected urban center in Morocco.

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