Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (IATA: RKT, ICAO: OMRK) (alternatively Ra's al-Khaymah, Arabic: مطار رأس الخيمة الدولي‎) is located in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) south[1] of the town of the same name. The airport has two passenger terminal buildings as well as cargo, aircraft maintenance, and aviation training facilities.[2]

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
(Ra's al-Khaymah)

مطار رأس الخيمة الدولي
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Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorDepartment of Civil Aviation
LocationRas al-Khaimah
Hub forAir Arabia
Time zoneUAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL94 ft / 29 m
Coordinates25°36′48″N 055°56′20″E / 25.61333°N 55.93889°E / 25.61333; 55.93889Coordinates: 25°36′48″N 055°56′20″E / 25.61333°N 55.93889°E / 25.61333; 55.93889
Websiterakairport.com
Map
OMRK is located in United Arab Emirates
OMRK
OMRK
Location in the UAE
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,760 12,336 Asphalt
Sources: UAE AIP[1]

HistoryEdit

In 1976, the airport was inaugurated by the long-time ruler, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi. Unlike Dubai International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport did not develop into an international or regional aviation hub.

In 2007, RAK Airways started operating as the national airline with a hub at the airport. It suspended regular operations in 2008 due to the global economic crisis. It relaunched in 2010 with new branding and management, but suspended operations permanently in 2013.[3][4][5]

In 2014, Air Arabia started its commercial flights to different destinations including Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh following the suspension of RAK Airways. Ras-al-Khaimah has been designated as an hub for Air Arabia for a period of ten years, extendable thereafter. [6]

The airport was the second in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf to secure the ISO 9001: 2000 accreditation for quality management.[7] Currently, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is being refocused with efforts to attract cargo business, in particular from establishments under the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Air Arabia Cairo, Islamabad, Jeddah, Lahore, Peshawar
Air India Express Kozhikode
Enter Air Seasonal: Wrocław
Seasonal charter: Poznań,[8] Katowice[8] Warsaw–Chopin[8]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[9]
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[10]
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice,[11] Warsaw–Chopin[11]
Spicejet Delhi[12]
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo[13]
 
Ras Al Khaimah Airport Terminal (Airside Boarding Area)

In popular cultureEdit

  • In 2015, Ras Al Khaimah Airport served as the set for the filming of the Hindi film Airlift starring Akshay Kumar.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b United Arab Emirates AIP Archived 30 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine (login required)
  2. ^ "Ras Al Khaimah International Airport-Management Team". rakairport.com.
  3. ^ "RAK Airways takes to the skies at long last". Arabian Business.
  4. ^ "RAK Airways: A timeline". Arabian Supply Chain.
  5. ^ "RAK Airways Not Coming Back". Gulf News.
  6. ^ "Air Arabia to become official carrier of Ras Al Khaimah". Arabian Business.
  7. ^ "RAK airport woos European carriers".
  8. ^ a b c "Charter flights at low prices". tui.pl. 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Luxair to make Middle Eastern debut in 4Q18". ch-aviation.com.
  10. ^ "Pegasus schedules Ras al Khaimah launch in late-Oct 2019". routesonline.com. 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  12. ^ "SpiceJet to start flights on Delhi-Ras Al Khaimah route". deccanherald.com. 25 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Timetable". b2b.tui.ru.
  14. ^ "Akshay Kumar shoots film in Ras Al Khaimah". Deccan Chronicle.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport at Wikimedia Commons