RAK Airways CEO meets with Kerala chief minister
RAK Airways CEO Omar Jahameh held a meeting with the chief minister of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram today to present the airline’s business case and seek support for increased flights to Indian destinations from Ras Al Khaimah.
Jahameh said the initial meetings with Kerala’s chief minister and other government officials were very productive and there were discussions about services to Kochi, Trivandrum and Mangalore.
“RAK Airways re-launched its operations less than a year ago and has surprised the market with its success over this short period. We have witnessed fast-growing demand for flights and as a consequence, we have quickly grown our route network to six destinations which include Calicut, Jeddah, Cairo, Dhaka, Doha and Chittagong,” he said.
“The objective of our meeting with senior Indian officials was to highlight the continued, overwhelming demand for RAK Airways services to additional destinations in India, and to seek their support in approving our request to operate to Kochi and Trivandrum in Kerala along with other strategic Indian destinations.”
Jahameh said the UAE is home to more than two million Indians of whom almost 25 percent live and work in the airline’s northern home of Ras Al Khaimah. They currently face journeys of anything between two hours and four hours by road to reach an airport and airline in the UAE that serves destinations in India other than Calicut.
“Couple this with a 2-3 hour check in time it becomes a very arduous journey, especially for families,” said Jahameh. “Customers are subsequently appealing to us to increase frequency and destinations in the Indian subcontinent and we in turn, are making our appeal to the relevant Indian ministries.”