It was recently revealed that tourism in Ras Al Khaimah is on the up with that notion being furthered this week with a recorded increase in passenger numbers at the airport.
Ras Al Khaimah International saw over 78 percent more passengers in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the same period of 2011 with an increase in passenger traffic of more than 67 percent for the first half of the year on a year-on-year comparison.
Of course, the most popular emirate remains to be Dubai, but growth in Ras Al Khaimah has been extensive recently and the increase in traffic indicates that this growth will continue in the ever-developing location.
Andrew Gower, CEO, RAK International Airport said: “This growth is the result of a combination of carefully thought through factors such as collaborative teamwork, cohesive supply chain, attractive prices, product innovation and continuous energy and focus on our customer’s needs and requirements.
“We complement the other well established airports in the UAE by offering our unique blend of service and values. We work with our clients in true partnership, providing individual attention, but ensuring we are approachable and easy to do business with.”
The winter period saw many western travellers head to Ras Al Khaimah and a repeat performance is expected again this year when people want to escape the cold, wintery weather of Europe and head to a sunnier and more relaxed climate.
Gower added: “We are particularly excited to see that new flights will be operating from the Russian Federation in the Winter 2012 schedule and onwards, and certainly as the emerging markets of CIS and Eastern Europe continue to grow, we will be ready and welcoming as they use the airport gateway to get to the resorts in the wider Emirate.
“We have increased the capacity within the terminal buildings and have also upgraded the Duty Free and F&B offerings to ensure we can meet the requirements and needs of our passengers and airlines.”
Although the scale of RAK international is not the same as neighbouring Dubai International, the constant influx of tourism and development is sure to make it a popular choice for tourists. Whilst Dubai is thriving and bustling, nearby RAK offers some peace and tranquillity whilst still having an array of attractions and facilities.