RAK International Airport delivers another strong quarter
Passengers numbers up by 78.3% compared to last year
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 16th August 2012: RAK International Airport continues to show significant growth with 2nd Quarter 2012 results of 78.3% more passengers compared to the same quarter the previous year. This takes the first half of this year to 67.2% ahead of the same period in 2011. Similar growth was witnessed in terms of aircraft movements, cargo tonnage and retail.
Under the vision and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Member of the Supreme Council, the Emirate continues to grow from strength to strength in both commercial and tourism sectors.
“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,” said Andrew Gower, CEO, RAK International Airport.
“We complement the other well established airports in the UAE by offering our unique blend of service and values. We work with our clients in true partnership, providing individual attention, but ensuring we are approachable and easy to do business with,” he added.
Winter 2012 is fast approaching and RAK International Airport expects to see a repetition of the previous winter performance as the Emirate is proving to be even more popular with Western Europeans 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,” stated Gower.
“We have increased the capacity within the terminal buildings and have also upgraded the Duty Free and F&B offerings to ensure we can meet the requirements and needs of our passengers and airlines.”
Industry trends reveal that the 3rd quarter is the most difficult one for most airports in terms of volume and business. However, RAK International Airport will utilize this time to plan and prepare for the busy winter ahead.
About RAK International Airport
Inaugurated in 1976 by H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, RAK International Airport is currently celebrating 35 years of operation. Located 18 km from the city, the airport is modern with state-of-the-art equipment and boasts a 3,760-metre-long runway capable of handling the biggest aircraft currently in service. Six scheduled carriers and over 25 charter airlines fly through RAK International Airport. The airport was the second in the GCC to secure the ISO 9001:2000 accreditation for quality management.