Air Arabia official carrier for Ras Al-Khaimah

Air Arabia official carrier for Ras Al-Khaimah
Updated 03 February 2014

Air Arabia official carrier for Ras Al-Khaimah

Air Arabia official carrier for Ras Al-Khaimah

Air Arabia is going to be the official carrier for Ras Al-Khaimah, following the collapse of RAK Airways last month.
On Sunday, Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) stated that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Air Arabia, enabling the airline to become the emirate’s designated carrier, operating services from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.
Connecting Ras Al Khaimah to several destinations in the region, this major new collaboration is set to witness a significant increase in the number of destinations accessible to the residents of Ras Al Khaimah and the neighboring northern Emirates.
RAK Airways had suspended its operations from Ras Al Khaimah Airport since Jan. 1 “due to continuous market conditions, increased operating costs and the impact of the regional political instability on the overall aviation industry.”
RAK Airways used to fly to Riyadh, Jeddah, Doha, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Kozhikode and Katmandu from Ras Al Khaimah Airport.
However, it was not clear yesterday whether Air Arabia would fly to the same routes of RAK Airways or not.
This launch of partnership between Air Arabia and the Department of Civil Aviation is expected to support Ras Al Khaimah’s standing as an attractive tourist destination, while acting as a key catalyst for the further economic development of the emirate.
Describing the partnership as a “unique collaboration, Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, chairman of DCA, said: “This is a natural step in the next stage of Ras Al Khaimah’s aviation development, driven by the emirate’s steady economy, expanding population, growing industrial activity, and tourism. We are delighted to be entering into a strategic agreement with an extremely successful airline and are confident about the benefits this partnership will bring to the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.”