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RAK Int'l to open new cargo facility, expand terminal in H1

Operators of Ras Al Khaimah airport reveal expansion plans to mark 40 years of operations

RAK Int'l to open new cargo facility, expand terminal in H1

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport plans to open a new cargo facility and expand its arrivals terminal in the first half of 2016 as it prepares to celebrate 40 years of operations.

The operator of the airport said the expansion projects comes as aircraft movements of scheduled flights increased by 26 percent last year over the previous year.

New charter operations from Germany, Poland, Latvia and Russia also launched during 2015, a statement said, adding that Air Arabia increased flight frequencies to the 10 destinations that it serves from the airport.

The cumulative effect of these results was a 17 percent rise in passenger traffic over 2014, the statement added.

On the cargo front, the airport's business grew by 51 percent year on year.

Mohammed Qazi, RAK International Airport CEO, said 2016 will see a number of projects and initiatives happen including a new cargo facility to be ready by April and the expansion of the arrivals terminal which will be completed by May.

"This is a moment when we should acknowledge past achievements, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future of growth. We have a long-term vision that is closely linked with the economies and growth trends of the Northern Emirates," he said, adding that Qatar Airways is set to start operations from February.

He added that the airport is regularly speaking with other airlines and anticipates an announcement in the coming weeks regarding the commencement of another low cost carrier.

"2016 is going to be a challenging yet exciting year for us. We are very focused and aware of what lies ahead. Our target is to increase productivity, be efficient, develop customer intimacy and promote Ras Al Khaimah. It is about building a long-term and sustainable future that contributes to regional aviation growth."

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