Posted by Bob Brunskill
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is well placed to deal with the expected surge in tourist numbers in the emirate, it has been suggested.
Roland Blaney, the airport's chief executive officer, said he was focused on ensuring RAK International is "an airport of excellence" that will be able to deal with the predicted rise to 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2012, Gulf News reported.
"Many residents in the UAE have recently discovered our beautiful coastline, even though the summer is traditionally a little quieter due to the heat," said Mr Blaney. "Overseas tourists are still arriving, even though the global financial crisis is still supposed to have an effect on people's holiday plans."
As the newspaper observed, the airport is aiming to boost its capacity to three million passengers within 15 years - a substantial increase on the 242,000 capacity recorded in 2008.
It added that about Dh600 million worth of financing will be needed to meet this target.
The news comes after Rak Airways last month revealed that it is planning to relaunch operations by the end of the year.