RAK airport posts 58pc passenger growth
Ras Al Khaimah, May 13, 2012
The UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has reported a 58.5 per cent growth in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year.
All other indicators, such as aircraft movements, duty-free sales and cargo tonnage also increased, a statement said.
“We are delighted that growth is exceeding our own high expectations of 50 per cent,” said RAK International Airport director Andrew Gower.
“There are many factors behind this growth, such as our attractive pricing structure, the introduction of our new ground handling operator, the development of new routes and of course the improvements tour service and in-terminal facilities,” he said.
RAK International Airport is strategically placed on the map of the UAE with favourable demographics, said Gower. “We are only 20-45 minutes from Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain and Fujairah. With the combined population of approximately 900,000, RAK International Airport is a very attractive proposition for the airlines,” he said.
“Airlines who are early entrants into RAK International Airport will capitalise on the market share and reap the most profitable rewards. In addition, we have relatively quieter skies above us and ample take-off and landing slots, unlike some of our neighbours,” he said.
Over the last four weeks a new business lounge has been opened at the airport, RAK Airways has launched its Premium Class product, Duty-Free offerings have been increased and a new café has been opened. – TradeArabia News Service