On November 26, 2020, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK Airport) will welcome SpiceJet’s very first commercial flights to the emirate.
This development highlights the steady return to normal economic activity following the pandemic and the new service is poised to create notable economic growth and momentum in both countries.
The Indian carrier will operate an initial schedule of twice-weekly flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, to Ras Al Khaimah.
Commenting on the news was CEO, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Sanjay Khanna: “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. The Indian expatriate community in the UAE numbers almost 3.5 million people and constitutes 27 per cent 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.”
SpiceJet flight SG 160, operated by a Boeing 737-800, will take off from Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi at 22:30 on Thursdays and Sundays, arriving at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport at 00:50 on Fridays and Mondays. The return flight, SG 161, is scheduled to depart RAK Airport at 01:50 on Mondays and Fridays, landing in Delhi at 06:40.
Chairman and managing director, SpiceJet, Ajay Singh declared: “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. 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.”