Ras Al Khaimah International Airport’s open skies and air corridor, coupled with easy access to landing slots available through most hours on a daily basis, offers much needed operational capacity to airlines flying through the UAE.
As airlines and airports anticipate a rise in passenger bookings over the peak summer travel months this year and with major developments underway across key airports in the UAE, RAK International Airport offers a viable alternative with its state-of-the-art facilities.
Addressing concerns recently shared at the Global Aviation Summit 2014 in Abu Dhabi, about increasing congestion across the Gulf air space, Mohammed Qazi, Acting CEO of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport said: “With some of the world’s fastest growing airlines based in the Middle East, the region’s airspace is increasingly becoming congested. Also as the GCC straddles the centre of the world’s flight path, the demand for Arabian Gulf airports as aviation hubs is increasing.”
Qazi went on to say, “It is in this context that RAK International Airport developed its facilities over the last two years to provide an alternative for airline operators to either use RAK as an end-destination or transit through. Over the last 12 months, we have expanded the airport with major investments of in infrastructure and technology, an endeavor we hope alleviates immediate concerns over aircraft congestion in the Arabian Gulf airspace.”
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport have also added vital support facilities like expanding the airport lounge, expansion of the Duty Free, expanded parking, high quality back-end technology, providing seamless transfers and quick check-in and check-out procedures within 15 minutes and onward transportation to other emirates.
“These initiatives reflect our efforts to provide an optimum passenger experience and are a major draw for commercial airlines looking for landing space and new hubs to operate from in the UAE,” said Qazi.
The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) warned in July 2013 that aircraft movements would almost double by 2030 to 1.62 million. Ras Al Khaimah International airport alone forecasts an increase in passenger footfall this year, following the recent appointment of Air Arabia as the emirate’s national carrier.
Recent figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council indicate that the UAE tourism industry is poised to grow at around 4.5 per cent in 2014, bringing in rising demand for services within the aviation and tourism sectors.
“Additionally, with the UAE listed as one of the top 10 tourism hotspots by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 2013 we can expect to see nationwide growth for aviation and hospitality services. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah itself is witnessing record numbers of tourism and economic development and as a result we anticipate over 350,000 passengers to pass through the airport before year-end,” added Qazi. “We also expect a rise in aircraft movements as long-haul carriers, from the CIS regions, Russia, Western Europe and the GCC, look for new hubs to operate through within the Middle East.”
Aside from offering short-term parking and a business jet hangarage, the Ras Al Khaimah international airport recently set up its own ‘Ground Handling’ business in order to provide better value proposition for airlines looking to operate from a hub in the UAE.
“Ras Al Khaimah International Airport’s wide range of advanced aviation facilities, including cargo and general aviation, offers an excellent choice for aviation operators looking to fly in and out of the UAE,” concluded Qazi.
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