Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) recently supported the initiative of Coral Travel to launch new charter flights from Moscow in terms of maintaining growing traffic from Russia.
According to the agreement, until 29 March 2014, charter flights operated by Ural Airlines will arrive every Tuesday and Friday from Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport bringing 12,000 additional Russian visitors to the UAE, from which 8,000 will be accommodated in hotels in Ras Al Khaimah.
Commenting on the new charter flight service, Khalid Motik, director of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “Russia is a key source market for Ras Al Khaimah, accounting for around 18% of visitors to the emirate. This agreement demonstrates the Authority’s commitment to continue strengthening our ties with Russia in years to come. It also brings us one step closer to our main objective of increasing our visitor numbers to 1.2 million by the end of 2013.”
For the period from January and September 2013, the emirate recorded 815,620 visitors to its hotels, generating a revenue boost of almost of US$ 113 million. Ras Al Khaimah TDA forecasts that, by the end of the year, the emirate will have welcome 200,000 Russian tourists during 2013. The total arrivals of charter flights with Russian visitors to Ras Al Khaimah’s airport rank at 2,996 passengers, resulting in an average of 10,691 room nights.