RAK In­ter­na­tional takes off in 2016 with 68% growth

Air­port’s ‘Most suc­cess­ful year yet’ says Chair­man and CEO...

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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

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