The FINANCIAL — Qatar Airways has announced an expansion to its UAE services with the launch of direct flights to Ras Al Khaimah, commencing 1st October 2015.
“The UAE is a market that is strong and full of confidence,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “Today, Qatar Airways enjoys a robust operation in the UAE with 98 flights a week to Dubai, 28 flights a week to Dubai World Central, 42 flights a week to Abu Dhabi and 21 flights a week to Sharjah. Now with the addition of seven weekly flights to Ras Al Khaimah, Qatar Airways will have a total of 196 weekly flights from Doha to the UAE.”
Having launched Sharjah and Dubai World Central in March 2014 and with the announcement to launch Ras Al Khaimah in October this year, Qatar Airways is significantly increasing its operations to the UAE as a result of growing demand for more capacity in and out of the country, according to Qatar Airways.
His Excellency Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport said: “We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways to the network of airlines operating at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Ras Al Khaimah is a global destination for both tourism and commerce and the new daily Qatar Airways QR1120 flight will service up to 400,000 passengers travelling in and out of the Emirate on an annual basis from October.”
Ras Al Khaimah which is the northern-most Emirate of the UAE is located approximately 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport and offers travellers an even wider variety of options when they are looking to reach Dubai. With a wide range of activities covering water sports, sailing cruises, desert camps, golf courses and mountain adventures, the destination enables fun-filled stopovers as well as extended holidays.
Operating an Airbus A320 on the Ras Al Khaimah route, passengers from key markets in Europe, the Americas and the GCC region will have increased availability of flights to the UAE when transiting via Doha.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 18 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 152 aircraft to 146 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.