Gulf Air starts flights from RAK

ABU DHABI - The expatriate community living in the northern emirates can now take connecting flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to over 25 destinations as Gulf Air has provided a missing link by operating five weekly flights out of Ras Al Khaimah. Earlier expatriates living in the region had to take flights from Sharjah or Dubai - a cumbersome exercise costing time and money.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 25 Jun 2004, 11:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:04 PM

At present besides Gulf Air, Egypt Air, Indian Airlines, PIA, Aero Asia and 35 non-scheduled operators are operating out of the emirates.

The inaugural flight took off from Abu Dhabi International Airport on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm taking 25 minutes to reach Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, where Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler Ras Al Khaimah, and Shaikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman, Civil Aviation Department, welcomed the flight carrying James Hogan, Mahfood Al Harthy, CEO and regional manager of the airline respectively, senior government official and local media men.

James Hogan said that flight would give residents of northern emirates greater travel flexibility and better connectivity to the extensive Gulf Air network and provide convenient transit times onward from Abu Dhabi to Europe, Asia, and the subcontinent. With the addition of the flight, the airline now offers more intra-Gulf flights than any other carrier, he said.

"It is our commitment to our customers to cover the maximum destinations bringing tourism, developing economy and trade," he added.

Shaikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi said that the year 2003 saw an increase in passenger, cargo and aircraft movement at the Ras Al Khaimah airport. The number of commercial cargo and passenger aircraft movement was 4,835 with a 49 per cent increase over 2002. The volume of cargo handled was 26,000 tonnes including transit cargo, a four per cent increase over last year. A phenomenal rise of 114 per cent in the number of passenger was also registered the same year. A spectacular laser and fire works show was organised to mark inaugural flight.

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