Ras Al Khaimah International Airport to expand terminal and add new cargo facility

9 February 2016 (Last Updated February 9th, 2016 18:30)

The UAE's Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) International Airport plans to start a new cargo facility and expand its arrivals terminal in the first half of 2016.

The UAE's Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) International Airport plans to start a new cargo facility and expand its arrivals terminal in the first half of 2016.

According to the airport operator, the expansion project is being taken up due to a 26% year-over-year (YoY) rise in movements of scheduled flights in 2015.

The terminal needs to be expanded as new charter flights from Poland, Germany, Russia and Latvia were launched in 2015.

Air Arabia increased frequencies of flights operating from Ras Al Khaimah Airport to ten destinations.

The expansion project is slated to be completed by May this year.

Due to an increase in flight movements, the airport has seen a 17% growth in passenger numbers in 2015, compared to 2014. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport's cargo section also grew by 51% YoY in the last year, which required opening a new cargo facility at the airport by 2016.

"Our target is to increase productivity, be efficient, develop customer intimacy and promote Ras Al Khaimah."

RAK International Airport CEO Mohammed Qazi was quoted by Arabian Business saying: "This is a moment when we should acknowledge past achievements, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future of growth.

"We have a long-term vision that is closely linked with the economies and growth trends of the Northern Emirates."

Qazi stated that Qatar Airways will start serving the airport from February 2016. The airport authority is also trying to achieve deals with other low cost carriers.

Qazi added: "2016 is going to be a challenging yet exciting year for us. We are very focused and aware of what lies ahead.

"Our target is to increase productivity, be efficient, develop customer intimacy and promote Ras Al Khaimah.

"It is about building a long-term and sustainable future that contributes to regional aviation growth."