RAK Airways set to launch Pakistan, Jordan routes

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UAE-based RAK Airways has announced Islamabad and Amman will be its first two destination launches in 2013.

Flights to Islamabad will start on August 5 with services to Amman following two days later.

The launch announcements follow comments made last month by Murabit Al Sawaf, president and CEO of RAK Airways, that the airline would announce five new destinations in the near future.

RAK Airways saw passenger numbers total 300,000 in 2012 and in the first quarter of 2013, the numbers have jumped by 40 percent, the carrier said in a statement.

Islamabad is RAK Airways' third entry point into Pakistan after Lahore and Peshawar. In the first half of this year, the airline also increased its frequency to Lahore and Peshawar from two to three flights a week to meet passenger demand.

Al Sawaf said: "With over 600,000 expatriate Pakistan nationals, contributing to the economy of the United Arab Emirates, RAK Airways is only glad to provide another entry into Pakistan, through the launch of Islamabad."

Speaking of the launch of Amman, Al Sawaf added: "With the inauguration of RAK-Amman route and a one way fare of AED400, we look forward to encourage more passenger traffic - leisure, business and tourism from Ras Al Khaimah to Jordan and from UAE to Jordan as well, thus positively impacting the tourism and industry of both the economies."

With the addition of the two new routes, RAK Airways will fly to a total of 11 destinations as part of expansion plans to fly to 40 by 2015.

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