RAK airport finalises Dh60m five-year plan

RAS AL KHAIMAH - The Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has finalised a five-year plan to develop its infrastructure at a cost of Dh60 million.

By From Williams George

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2003, 2:54 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:26 PM

Shaikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Aviation, told a Press conference on Monday that the plan envisaged the construction of new arrival and departure lounges, a free trade zone, automated cargo warehouses, parking lots, offices and restaurants.

The five-year plan is the first phase of a 20-year master plan to develop the airport as a cargo transit hub to meet the regional and international demand.

He said a new logo had been designed for the airport. Explaining the salient features of the new logo, Shaikh Salem said the falcon symbol represents the UAE as a whole, the silver lining the runway, the beak the nose of a wide body aircraft, and the silver eye the dynamic vision of Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE.

The airport has achieved ISO-9001 certification. The RAK International Airport has registered an impressive annual growth rate of 20per cent for the last four years.

The government has initiated several steps to improve the airport's performance. Among them is an approval for Ras Al Khaimah National Travel Agency to issue visit visas to all UAE residents irrespective of their monthly income.

The airport's marketing department has carried out an in-depth analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, to identify the areas for better growth. The airport's strengths include a fully equipped infrastructure for passenger and cargo operations and well-trained and efficient staff, Shaikh Salim said.

Weaknesses include a lack of direct services to a number of destinations, particularly in the Indian subcontinent.

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