RAK Airways announced (30-Jun-2010) plans to re-launch services before the end of this year, following a hiatus of just over 12 months. RAK Airways Chairman, Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, stated the "exceptionally tough market conditions", created by the global economic downturn during 2008/09, which had forced the airline to suspend schedule services in May-2009, had now "sufficiently abated", enabling the relaunch of the carrier. The carrier is reportedly currently finalising details of its network, which destinations likely to be in the Gulf, Indian sub-continent and Africa. [more]
RAK Airways: "We are now ready to make a strategic re-entry into the market. We have a lot of exciting new plans, which will be unveiled soon. Omar Jahameh, our recently appointed CEO and his team are finalising the details of our flights to destinations in the Gulf, Africa and the Indian Sub Continent. The decision to re-launch the airline is part of the ambitious vision of H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, aimed at boosting tourism in the emirate. RAK Airways is viewed as a key part of that plan," Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Chairman. Source: Company Statement, 30-Jun-2010.