RAK airport aims to fill gaps in market


By Rebeca Bundhun  www.thenationaal.ae

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is focusing on attracting low-cost carriers and charter flights as it aims to expand while avoiding competing with other airports in the UAE.

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

“If you look at the different airports, they all need to complement each other for the UAE to be a very favourable hub,” said Mohammed Qazi, the commercial manager at RAK International. “Whatever gaps you will see in Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah airport is trying to identify those and make those our key success factors. The UAE is a very competitive marketplace.”

Mr Qazi said the airport was not trying to compete with Dubai, and, being smaller, Ras Al Khaimah’s airport could offer a quick turnaround for low-cost carriers.

“We do things that Dubai probably don’t want to do,” he said. “We can operate as a low-cost airport.”

The airport is also in talks with operators to launch more charter flights from different parts of Europe to Ras Al Khaimah, which would help to boost tourism, he said. More info