Having experienced a fruitful year so far, 2016 will represent the most successful year in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) International’s history, with record passenger numbers, aircraft movements and cargo handled.
The airport is set to welcome a record 471,432 passengers this year, a 52 per cent jump on the 309,591 passengers in 2015. According to the 10-month statistical data, the airport received 389,740 passengers in the January-October 2016 period against 235,145 passengers in the corresponding period in 2015, recording an impressive 66 per cent increase.
Aircraft movements at the airport during the first 10 months of the year stood at 11,364. Adding to this, the transport hub has set a record in cargo handling in the 10-month period of 2016 by almost doubling to 98 per cent at 3,100 tonnes from 1,600 tonnes for the January-October 2015 period.
It is now expected to reach 3,700 tonnes of cargo in 2016, against 2,000 tonnes in 2015 – a rise of 88 per cent.
Chairman, Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah, HE Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi commented on the results: “These remarkable increases in passengers, cargo and aircraft movements are due to the vision and support to the aviation industry by His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, increasing operational efficiency and dynamic planning and swift decision making.
“The overall growth is also owing to Qatar Airways starting its operations from February 2016 at four flights per week, Air India Express starting in March 2016 at four flights per week and increased movements from Air Arabia to various destinations,” he added.