By Martin Morris
Resumption of operations in April may be impacted by global financial situation.
RAK Airways' plans to resume operations in April could suffer a setback due to the deteriorating global financial situation, according to its Chairman Sheikh Omar bin Saqr Al Qasimi.
"We are reviewing the situation as the global economic crisis has affected the whole aviation industry. In such a scenario, our plan to restart operations could definitely get delayed beyond April," Sheikh Omar told Emirates Business newspaper.
The Ras Al Khaimah carrier started operations at the end of 2007 and carried about 125,000 passengers last year.
It suspended services in December and also cut 60 jobs. Asked if the airline was looking to lay off more employees, Sheikh Omar said: "We are restructuring the company."
"We are also currently studying the options to re-operate some of our earlier routes. However, I cannot comment at this point on the number of routes and aircraft we would be operating," he added.
The airline, meanwhile, has been operating on a charter-only basis, using its only remaining aircraft, a Boeing 757-200.