Posted on: 15 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Air Arabia, the newly designated carrier of Ras Al Khaimah, has joined the emirate’s tourism and aviation authorities to announce the operational details of its soon-to-open hub at RAK International Airport, its fourth international base and second in the UAE.
During a joint press conference with the RAK Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the Tourism Development Authority, Air Arabia announced that from 6 May, it will offer direct services to eight routes from RAK International Airport.
Two new Airbus A320s will initially be based at RAK International Airport to service regular routes to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Cairo in Egypt; Muscat in Oman; Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan; Dhaka in Bangladesh; and Calicut in India, which will be added shortly after launch.
In addition to increasing the accessibility of Ras Al Khaimah to international passengers, the partners believe it will provide a direct boost to the local economy through the increase in tourism flow as well as the job opportunities for Air Arabia employees who will be permanently based at RAK International Airport.
“The increase in tourists and visitors entering Ras Al Khaimah suggests that a solid potential for developing the emirate travel and tourism sector exists. This partnership offers enormous potential benefit not only to the local aviation industry but to the overall economy,” remarked Adel Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia. “With our hubs in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, Air Arabia is well positioned to cater to the travel needs of the Northern Emirates, a position we believe will deliver real value to our customers and shareholders while transforming the region’s tourism sector by bringing millions of potential new visitors within just a few hours’ reach.”