Gulf Air signs deal to commence flights to RAK International Airport


Top officials during the signing ceremony in Manama. WAM

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in coordination with Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK International Airport), will commence schedule services to Ras Al Khaimah on 3rd October, 2022.

The service will commence with a view to establish a year-round scheduled operation between the two airports connecting the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah beyond Bahrain to regional and international destinations on Gulf Air’s global network.

The signing ceremony took place at Gulf Air Headquarters in Bahrain, represented by Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gulf Air Zayed R. Alzayani; Ras Al Khaimah International Airport’s Chairman Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi; Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed AlAlawi; RAK Airport’s CEO Atanasios Titonis; and RAK’s CEO of Tourism Development Authority Raki Phillips, in addition to Executive Management members from both companies.

Commenting on the signing, Zayed R. Alzayani said, “As the region’s leading boutique carrier with a global footprint, we look forward to adding Ras Al Khaimah to our network of seaside destinations and increasing our UAE points to three (3) with Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Today, we signed on the commencement of services to proceed with operations to Ras Al Khaimah, and I am confident our passengers will be impressed with all the facilities and services Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has to offer.”

As for Captain Waleed AlAlawi, he commented, “We are delighted to add Ras Al Khaimah as third destination on our growing UAE network, and we would like to recognise and thank the proactive cooperation with Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, as we provide our passengers with a new destination known for its quality tourism appeal and attracts tourists from the GCC and Europe.”

Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi remarked, “This agreement expands Ras Al Khaimah International Airport’s airspace by introducing multiple destinations from East to West. It is a great development to cater for the needs of regional and international travellers. This agreement enhances the services between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the UAE; and we are delighted to have this in partnership with Gulf Air.”

Atanasios Titonis stated, “Gulf-state and European connectivity is a key factor of our expansion strategy, and Gulf Air is an ideal partner for this mission. We are looking forward to further developing our partnership and providing more scope for passengers to select their destination of travel from our airport.”

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is located in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, 11 nautical miles south of the town of the same name. The airport has two passenger terminal buildings as well as cargo, aircraft maintenance, and aviation training facilities.  Gulf Air is the state-owned airline and the flag carrier of Bahrain, which was founded in 1950 by British Pilot Freddie Bosworth as Gulf Aviation. Headquartered in Muharraq, the airline operates scheduled flights to 55 destinations in 28 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Indian sub-continent and the Far East.



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