On November 28, 2019, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) welcomed Pegasus Airlines’ inaugural service from Istanbul to Ras Al Khaimah.
Marking the momentous occasion was a traditional water cannon salute for the aircraft, which was followed by a special cake cutting ceremony attended by key figures in the aviation industry, including representatives from RAK Civil Aviation, RAK Airport, RAKTDA and Pegasus Airlines.
Member of the Government of Ras Al Khaimah Executive Council, HE Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi commented: “We are proud to announce the new route between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Ras Al Khaimah is a key player in the local aviation market, and this just one of many developments we have planned for the airport in the coming months and years.”
Meanwhile, CEO, RAKTDA, Raki Phillips said: “The new route from Istanbul to Ras Al Khaimah is a fantastic achievement for Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. It opens up our beautiful emirate to key markets in Turkey and beyond.
“The new route is just in time for one of our busiest seasons, as the weather cools down, tourists are able to take full advantage of Ras Al Khaimah’s many great outdoor assets, inclusive of the beaches and mountains,” Phillips added.
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is currently connected to Prague, Moscow, Luxembourg, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Katowice, Poznan, Brno, Cairo, Calicut, Peshawar, Jeddah, Islamabad and Lahore. The travel hub is fundamental to the emirate’s plans to welcome 1.5 million visitors by 2021 and three million visitors by 2025.