On May 6, Air Arabia marked the start of operations from Ras Al Khaimah, with an official ceremony.
The ceremony is attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, His Excellency Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ras Al Khaimah, and His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia.
Earlier on the same morning, Air Arabia’s inaugural flight departed from RAK International Airport, travelling to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. At the ceremony, Air Arabia and Ras Al Khaimah DCA said both are committed to using the start of this service to further strengthen travel and tourism sector of the emirate.
The launch of operations follows the recent establishment of an Air Arabia hub at RAK International Airport, which is the airline’s fourth international base, and second in the UAE. Two new Airbus A320 aircraft have now been based in Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, following a strategic partnership signed between the airline and Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation. Air Arabia launch routes include direct services to Jeddah in Saudi; Cairo in Egypt; Muscat in Oman; Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan; Dhaka in Bangladesh; and to be followed by Calicut in India.
Air Arabia’s first flight from RAK International Airport took off to Jeddah on May 6 at 08:25 am followed by a second flight to Muscat at 10:25 on the same day. The carrier will offer some 25 weekly launch flights from its new Ras Al Khaimah hub to Jeddah, Muscat, Cairo, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Dhaka.