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RAK International Airport set to receive SpiceJet passenger flights

RAK International Airport set to receive SpiceJet passenger flights

SpiceJet has repatriated almost 53,000 Indian nationals on approximately 300 flights from the beginning of June

The Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK Airport) is set to receive the first commercial flights from Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet on November 26, 2020.

SpiceJet’s flight SG 160, a Boeing 737-800 will depart from Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi at 10.30pm on Thursday and Sunday, landing at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport at 12.50am on Friday, November 27 and Monday, November, 30.

The return flight SG 161 will depart RAK Airport at 1.50am on Monday and Friday, landing in Delhi at 6.40am. More SpiceJet destinations across the Indian sub-continent will be added in the coming months.

The development suggests a steady return to normal travelling activity following the Covid-19 pandemic, spokespersons for the two operations said.

SpiceJet’s connection to 28 destinations across the Indian sub-continent and RAK Airport’s position as an expanding travel and logistics hub will create notable economic growth and momentum in both countries.

“The commencement of SpiceJet passenger flights into RAK Airport is a significant step forward in helping the UAE get back to a normal footing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Sanjay Khanna, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.

“The Indian expatriate community in the UAE numbers almost 3.5 million people and constitutes 27 percent of the population, making connectivity between our two countries an imperative. With UAE and India being each other’s largest trading partners, RAK Airport has an essential role to play in the business and economy of the emirate, especially in view of Ras Al Khaimah’s efforts to diversify its economy from heavy industry to one that is knowledge-based and underpinned by human capital and tourism.”

“Ras Al Khaimah was named Gulf Tourism Capital for 2021, holding onto the title for the second year running and providing a significant boost to the Emirate’s plans to attract 2.9 million visitors by 2025, and we aim to play an important part in helping achieve this goal.”

“We are delighted to start commercial operations into Ras Al Khaimah International Airport – one of our most important strategic partners in the region – with the new schedule commencing November 26, 2020,” said Ajay Singh, CMD SpiceJet.

“SpiceJet has played a pivotal role in opening up the UAE to Indian travellers and reconnecting families. As we enter the post-coronavirus phase, we are looking forward to continuing to play a vital role in Ras Al Khaimah’s ongoing growth and development, especially its tourist sector, which is anticipated to experience a surge in visitors now that travel restrictions are slowly being eased.”

In response to an Indian government initiative and in partnership with RAK Airport, SpiceJet repatriated almost 53,000 Indian nationals on approximately 300 flights from the beginning of June.

SpiceJet’s cheapest return flight ticket on the Delhi – Ras Al Khaimah – Delhi route is priced at Dhs730, including free road transportation from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. RAK Airport’s catchment areas include Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Khorfakhan, Dibba and Umm Al Quwain.

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