Ras Al Khaimah will soon open a new operational hub for Air Arabia. This will be the fourth international base and second in the UAE. The new announcement was made by RAK Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Tourism Development Authority and Air Arabia.
Effective 6 May 2014, the airline will offer direct services to eight routes from RAK International Airport, giving an immediate boost to the emirate’s rapidly growing tourism sector.
Earlier this year, the airline and Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation entered into a long-term strategic partnership. This partnership will significantly increase number of destinations accessible to residents of Ras Al Khaimah.
HE Engr Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ras Al Khaimah, said: “This important collaboration will give a major boost to the economic development of Ras Al Khaimah and reinforces the emirate as an investment destination. The airline’s operations will be a key component of a comprehensive strategy to develop the tourism sector in Ras Al Khaimah.”
Two Airbus A320 aircraft will initially be based at RAK International Airport to service regular routes to Jeddah, Cairo, Muscat, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar, Dhaka and Calicut which will be added shortly after launch. The partnership will also provide a direct boost to local economy through the increase in tourism flow as well as job opportunities for Air Arabia employees.