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Oman Road, Al Nakheel, Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah
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Established in 2006, RAK Airlines is the national airline of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates. The airline operates itself under "value-for-money" business model, positioning itself between low-cost and full service carriers. RAK operates scheduled service to destinations in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.
Location of RAK Airways main hub (Ras Al Khaimah International Airport)
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RAK Airways, based in Ras Al Khaimah, is the perennial younger brother of the UAE’s aviation market, but it is growing up quickly.
The airline launched two new routes in Aug-2013, with four times weekly service to Islamabad and Amman, increasing its network to 11 destinations. It has also announced an expansion plan that is in line with the ambitions shown by some of its peers in the UAE.
Although dwarfed by its larger UAE neighbours, tiny RAK has aspirations to greater things, planning on operating to 40 destinations by 2015.
RAK Airways’ expansion is rolling on, with the carrier announcing plans to serve Kathmandu from 15-Feb-2012. Kathmandu will become the carrier’s 11th new route added since it re-launched its operations in Oct-2010 after a 12-month suspension of operations.
The carrier will see competition on services between the UAE and Nepal from Flydubai, Air Arabia and Etihad Airways and Nepal Airlines. RAK will face competition from UAE-based carriers that already have well-established operations to Kathmandu. Air Arabia has operated to Kathmandu since Nov-2006, Etihad Airways launched its operations in Oct-2007 and Flydubai debuted in Dec-2009.
Oman’s Government announced it has awarded an OMR706 million (USD1.8 billion) contract for the construction of a new terminal at Muscat International Airport, to a joint venture between US-based Bechtel and Oman's Bahwan Contracting. The government stated the project will be completed in 3Q2014 and the airport’s capacity will increase from four million passengers p/a to 12 million.
The strong growth at UAE airports continues, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi leading the way. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) reports that air traffic movements in the country grew at an “unprecedented” rate of 12.8% year-on-year over Sep-2010, with 52,691 aircraft movements in the month. This follows on from an 8.7% year-on-year increase in aircraft movements Aug-2010. (Note: traffic figures have been skewed by the shifting of Ramadan into August, which was partially responsible for the slowdown in that month).
RAK Airways confirmed plans to resume services from 10-Oct-2010 with two scheduled destinations initially: Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Calicut in India. RAK Airways launched operations in early 2007, but suspended scheduled services in May-2009 due to the global financial crisis. However, Chairman, Sheikh Omar bin Saqr Al Qasimi, stated conditions have now improved, especially in terms of international demand, meaning now is the right time for it to make a “spectacular re-entry into the market”.
Much attention is often focused on the Middle East’s larger airports, including those at Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Islamabad, Doha and Bahrai. But the region’s second-tier airports are becoming increasingly important, especially as Middle East second-tier carriers expand operations. These carriers are reshaping competition in and beyond the region and are being reshaped themselves by dynamic change in the region.
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