RAK Int'l Airport sees 78% passenger growth in Q2

Similar growth in terms of aircraft movements, cargo tonnage, retail.
NEWS, Aviation


Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has seen a 78 per cent growth in passengers in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year.

The Q2 figures means more than 67 per cent growth has been seen so far in 2012 while similar growth was witnessed in terms of aircraft movements, cargo tonnage and retail.

Andrew Gower, CEO, RAK International Airport, said: "This growth is the result of a combination of carefully thought through factors such as collaborative teamwork, cohesive supply chain, attractive prices, product innovation and continuous energy and focus on our customer's needs and requirements.

"We complement the other well established airports in the UAE by offering our unique blend of service and values," he added.

He said he expected to see more Western European travellers at RAK International during the winter "as a maturing loyal customer base and the increased hotel demand and capacity comes on line".

"We are particularly excited to see that new flights will be operating from the Russian Federation in the winter 2012 schedule and onwards, and certainly as the emerging markets of CIS and Eastern Europe continue to grow, we will be ready and welcoming as they use the airport gateway to get to the resorts in the wider Emirate," added Gower.

He said capacity within the terminal buildings have been increased while F&B offerings have also been upgraded.

RAK Airways said on Wednesday it would launch flights to neighbouring Abu Dhabi in October.

The first flights to the UAE capital will begin on October 3, taking the airline's total number of destinations to 10 since its relaunch in October 2010.

Last year, RAK Airways filled 250,000 seats while gradually expanding its destination network to Africa, Middle East and Asia.

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