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RAK International Airport passenger numbers up by 59% in first quarter

United Arab Emirates: Sunday, May 13 - 2012 @ 11:21

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has continued to show significant growth in the first quarter of the year. Passenger numbers have grown by 58.5% compared with the same period last year and all other indicators, such as aircraft movements, duty-free sales and cargo tonnage, have also increased.

“We are delighted that growth is exceeding our own high expectations of 50%,” said RAK International Airport Director, Andrew Gower. “There are many factors behind this growth, such as our attractive pricing structure, the introduction of our new ground handing operator, the development of newroutes and of course the improvements toour service and in-terminal facilities.”

“At the heart of our business strategy is the customer, operational excellence and product development. We continue to explore new opportunities and markets,using a ‘lean’ approach. These are the essential ingredients for our success, and we will continue to listen to our markets and adapt to the changes of the ever-evolving aviation industry,” he said.

“RAK International Airport is strategically placed on the map of the UAE with favourable demographics. We are only 20-45 minutes from Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain and Fujairah. With the combined population of approximately 900,000, RAK International Airport is a very attractive proposition for the airlines,” he added.

Gower said, “Therefore, airlines who are early entrants into RAK International Airport will capitalise on the market share and reap the most profitable rewards. In addition, we have relatively quieter skies above us and ample take-off and landing slots, unlike some of our neighbours.”

Gower said a recent visit by RAK International Airport team to the Routes conference in China had stimulated the market and the airport is in discussions with a number of large scheduled operators from the commercial and cargo sectors.

“We believe our business practice is unique, as we provide complete supply chain support to our clients and work with all parties to get the best price and product for airlines and their passengers,” he said.

Over the last four weeks a new business lounge has been opened at the airport, RAK Airways has launched its Premium Class product, Duty-Free offerings have been increased and a new café has been opened.

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