RAK International takes off in 2016 with 68% growth
Airport’s ‘Most successful year yet’ says Chairman and CEO...
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has witnessed its best year yet, recording year on year passenger growth of 68%. Meanwhile cargo tonnage growth soared 98% and aircraft movements increased 37%, according the chairman Engr. H.E. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi.
“A lot of hard work has been put in over recent years and we have now started to reap some of the rewards,” he said.
“In February, Qatar Airways inaugurated flights from Doha to Ras Al Khaimah, connecting RAK to long haul routes in Europe, China and beyond. In April Air India Express gave us an Indian connection that goes some way to satisfying the still under-served Indian sector from RAK.
“In May Sun MRO started its setup at RAK to establish a narrowbody repair and maintenance centre, and in September we had the inauguration of Egypt Air Cargo flights, the first flag carrier freighter operating to RAK.”
He added: “The beginning of October saw an early start of winter tourism season with ten charters coming from various parts of Europe, CIS and Russia.”
The latter was a result of joint efforts by RAK Airport and RAK Tourism Development Authority, he noted. Click here for full story
RAK Airport CEO Mohammed Qazi