Good recovery for the ONCF. The National Railways Office (ONCF) announced a 63% reduction in passenger activity to 34.4 million passengers.
“The passenger activity confirmed its good recovery, recording significant growth compared to 2020. The results at the end of December 2021 show an exponential rebound in all the indicators: the number of passengers improved by 63% going from 21.1 million in 2020 to 34.4 million travelers in 2021”, indicates the Office in a press release published at the end of the meeting of its Board of Directors held, Thursday in Rabat, under the presidency of the Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohammed Abdeljalil.
The turnover of the activity thus accelerated by 92% to 1,546 billion dirhams (MMDH) in 2021, against 803 million dirhams (MDH) one year, the same source said.
Al Boraq is completing its 3rd year by switching to wind-powered traction mode, for eco-responsible mobility. It conquered in 2021, with +100% new users by carrying 2.59 million passengers, compared to 1.3 million travelers in 2020. It generated a turnover of 344 MDH in 2021, an increase of 108 % in line with 2020.
Freight and phosphate rail transport showed strong resilience by following this same growth trend. With more than 25.5 million tonnes of goods transported during 2021, i.e. +3.7% compared to 2020, it generated a turnover of 1.853 billion dirhams, i.e. +2.7% compared to 2020 .
“However, under the enlightened impulse of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, our country has adopted a proactive management and an anticipatory approach”, recalls the minister.
In this sense, Abdeljalil praised the efforts made by the Office to offer citizens safe, inclusive, sustainable transport, which evolves at the pace of their requirements, and which necessarily requires a good takeover of the ONCF, a major player in the mobility of people, transport of goods and generator of logistics solutions.
For his part, Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of ONCF, recalled that the year 2021 was marked “by a revival of rail activity, thanks to the readjustment of the Office’s strategy by relying on accelerating digital transformation, revitalizing key activities, strengthening the Group’s synergy, promoting an ecosystem around rail and renovating the industrial value chain”.