RAK Airport Passengers Up By 78.3%

RAK Airport sees influx of European and Russian tourists.

RAK International Airport announced second quarter 2012 results of 78.3 per cent more passengers compared to the same period last year.

This takes the first half of this year to 67.2 per cent ahead of the same period in 2011.  Similar growth was witnessed in terms of aircraft movements, cargo tonnage and retail.

“This growth is the result of a combination of carefully thought through factors such as collaborative teamwork, cohesive supply chain, attractive prices, product innovation and continuous energy and focus on our customer’s needs and requirements,” said Andrew Gower, CEO, RAK International Airport.

As winter approaches, RAK International Airport expects to see a repetition of the previous winter performance as the Emirate is proving to be even more popular with Western Europeans and increased hotel demand and capacity comes online.

“We are particularly excited to see that new flights will be operating from the Russian Federation in the Winter 2012 schedule and onwards, and certainly as the emerging markets of CIS and Eastern Europe continue to grow, we will be ready and welcoming as they use the airport gateway to get to the resorts in the wider Emirate,” stated Gower.

“We have increased the capacity within the terminal buildings and have also upgraded the Duty Free and F&B offerings to ensure we can meet the requirements and needs of our passengers and airlines.”