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Air India Express set to launch flights to Ras Al Khaimah

Low cost carrier will start operating four flights per week from March 28, eyes daily service

Air India Express set to launch flights to Ras Al Khaimah
Mohammed Qazi, Ras Al Khaimah Internationals CEO.

Low cost carrier Air India Express is set to start flying to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, it has been announced.

The airline will start flights to the northern emirate later this month, airport officials said, adding that they come on the back of Qatar Airways launching a service between Ras Al Khaimah and Doha last week.

Air India Express will start with four flights per week to Kozhikode (Calicut), starting on March 28, and is looking to expand to a daily service in near future, a statement said.

"The growing number of Indian expatriates in the Northern Emirates has had to cope with limited options from air carriers over the past few years as demand has risen. The new route will help to alleviate those issues," the statement added.

Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of RAK Airport and Department of Civil Aviation, said: "I am delighted to welcome Air India Express to Ras Al Khaimah. There was much need for this connectivity, but we also believe that this route may require more than a daily frequency to satisfy the growing demand.

"We would therefore urge the authorities to consider the needs of the passengers and increase seat allocations for high demand sectors."

Mohammed Qazi, Ras Al Khaimah International's CEO, added: "India has strong ties with Ras Al Khaimah for the business and leisure markets, going both ways. We are confident that the route will be a great success, as the market already exists and is growing."

The emirate has become a popular base for Indian business with over 6,000 based in its free zones.

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