Posted by Neil King
RAK Airways, the national carrier of Ras Al Khaimah, has announced it will re-launch services before the end of this year following a hiatus of just over 12 months.
Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, chairman of RAK Airways, said the decision to re-launch was part of an ambitious vision to boost tourism in Ras Al Khaimah held by Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, crown prince and deputy ruler of the emirate.
He explained that the exceptionally tough market conditions, created by the global economic downturn during 2008-09 which had forced the young airline to suspend schedule services in May 2009, had now sufficiently abated.
"We are now ready to make a strategic re-entry into the market," said Sheikh Omar. "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."
RAK Airways was established by the government of Ras Al Khaimah in January 2006 and is a private joint stock company incorporated in the RAK Investment Authority Free Zone with an authorised capital of AED 1.5 billion.