First charter flight from Moscow lands in RAK


Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has launched its first charter operation from Moscow to the emirate, in partnership with TUI Russia.

The inaugural Ural Airlines flight for the Winter Season 2019-2020 touched down at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport at 18:50 on October 30, carrying 220 passengers from Domodedovo Moscow Airport.

The partnership with TUI Russia is in line with the increasing number of inbound tourists to the emirate from key international markets, including Russia. Ras Al Khaimah has witnessed a five per cent growth in overall visitor arrivals YTD, with the peak reaching 117,995 visitors in August 2019. Russia has significantly contributed to this record-breaking number of visitors recorded in August 2019, with growth percentages of 25.3 per cent.

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Chairman, Department of Civil Aviation Ras Al Khaimah, HE Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi spoke on the launch: “We are happy to welcome TUI Russia to Ras Al Khaimah. This new partnership will help us to further introduce Ras Al Khaimah to the Russian market and will offer our guests greater choice and convenience. I welcome all the guests to Ras Al Khaimah and am confident that this partnership will thrive here in this dynamic, innovative and welcoming emirate. We look forward to welcoming and ensuring the guests enjoy a relaxing and smooth experience throughout the airport and around Ras Al Khaimah.”

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is currently connected to over 20 destinations around the world, including Prague, Moscow, Luxembourg, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Katowice, Poznan, Brno, Cairo, Calicut, Peshawar, Jeddah, Islamabad and Lahore, highlighting the emirate’s soaring popularity in markets outside the region. It plays a key role in the emirate’s plans to draw in 1.5 million visitors by 2021 and three million visitors by 2025, supported by partnerships with globally recognised bodies such as the TUI Group.

“Russia has held its position as one of the key source markets responsible for a big share of the increasing number of inbound tourists to the emirate,” stated CEO, RAKTDA, Raki Phillips. “We are honoured to be welcoming further visitors from Russia to experience the diverse landscape and abundance of attractions Ras Al Khaimah has to offer as a result of our fortuitous partnership with TUI Russia. This new addition is an important step in our continuous drive to increase accessibility and visibility, attract more high yield visitors, and ultimately boost both first-time and repeat visitation from our source markets.”