- India’s leading low-cost carrier SpiceJet to commence operation to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport from December 2019.
- Direct Flights to commence between New Delhi and Ras Al Khaimah.
- Five flights weekly scheduled with the aim to gradually increase the frequency.
- SpiceJet’s projected plan includes making Ras Al Khaimah as their first international hub.
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RKT) has expanded its route network and welcomed the arrival of their new airline partner SpiceJet to connect their new service from New Delhi to Ras Al Khaimah effective December 2019. The announcement was made at the press event in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Khalid Bin Saud Al Qasimi – Vice Chairman, Investment and Development Office, Government of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Omar bin Saqr bin Khaled Al Qasimi, Board Member of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Executive Manager of Investment & Development Office, Mr. Sanjay Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Mr. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, Mr. Manjiv Singh, Chief Project Officer, SpiceJet, Mr. Henry Moses, Vice President, Sales and Network Planning, SpiceJet, during an official signing ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah.
Commencing from December 2019, SpiceJet, India’s second biggest airline will operate regular direct flights between Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah. The route will be operated five times a week, targeted to gradually increase the frequency.
H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Board of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation Ras Al Khaimah, said “We are pleased to welcome SpiceJet to our expanding network of international carriers at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and look forward to this long-term partnership with them. We are happy to see an ongoing growth of partnerships with the right air carriers which play a key role in increasing visitors to the beautiful Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.”
He added “We are constantly working towards upgrading travelers experience and adding more routes to and from Ras Al Khaimah. Apart from the addition of a very vital route, this relationship will serve to be a very strategic one serving the wide Indian diaspora of residents and businesses in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah given the advantage of the extensive flight network of SpiceJet. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is fast emerging as an airport of choice for many airline partners. We look forward to welcoming SpiceJet’s guests and hope they enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable experience at our airport.
From our partnership, we not only aim to connect India but also assist SpiceJet to create network hub at Ras Al Khaimah to go further to Europe, meeting the needs of Indian tourist as well as facilitating easy travel solution for tourist arriving to Ras Al Khaimah from Europe.
Mr. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said: “We are delighted to add Ras Al Khaimah as our 11th international destination. With more than 3400 Indian companies headquartered in Ras Al Khaimah, we see great potential in this route. Partnering with Ras Al Khaimah International Airport will help expand our operations and we see it as the way for SpiceJet to grow within the UAE, Europe and beyond.”
“We are very confident of this alliance and believe that this is the start to something very positive and profitable for all.”
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport CEO, Mr. Sanjay Khanna commented “We continue to develop an extensive portfolio of destinations and airlines for our passengers as we perceive an consistently developing demand for visitors and tourists coming to Ras Al Khaimah. We are extremely proud to have a leading airline partner like SpiceJet onboard our growing portfolio. As an airport we are dedicated to constantly working on enhancing our networks and the traveler’s experience, we are pleased to introduce a new link to India via New Delhi.
We see tremendous potential in the Ras Al Khaimah-India sector. Ras Al Khaimah is not only a tourist destination but has also grown to be an Emirate of choice for many Indian businesses. This strategic partnership with SpiceJet and the airport will not only give the desired connectivity to the business community but also to all the Indian travelling between Ras Al Khaimah International Airport to India and vice-versa.
There is a five-point strategy of this partnership with SpiceJet, right from
- Connecting passengers embarking from India for various airports in the UAE;
- Connecting Ras Al Khaimah and UAE to cities in India via SpiceJet’s extensive domestic network;
- From India to Europe
- From UAE to Europe and
- From Ras Al Khaimah to SpiceJet’s international connecting points like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan, Thailand, Hong Kong etc.
He further mentioned “This strategic implementation will lead to a significant boost in the number of passengers travelling to Ras Al Khaimah thereby benefitting numerous local businesses. With SpiceJet setting up their first international hub at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport; this signifies the commencement of an extremely prodigious collaboration ahead.”