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RAK Airways launches flights to Islamabad

RAK Airways
RAK Airways

The commercial growth path of RAK Airways is strategically winning attention.

The first destination launch for the airline, in 2013 is into the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad.

On July 2, Mr. Murabit Al Sawaf, President and CEO of RAK Airways at a press briefing in Hilton Resort and Spa in Ras Al Khaimah made a bold statement that RAK Airways ambitious growth plan underlines 40 destinations by 2015. Four weeks later the airline announced its launch into two capitals – Islamabad and Amman in August 2013 and the expansion of its current fleet.

5 August 2013 at 20:30 hours UAE local time, RAK Airways first flight RT 567, left for Islamabad from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport with 150 passengers onboard.

Islamabad is RAK Airways’ third entry point into destination Pakistan. In 2011, the airline made its first entry into Pakistan with two-weekly flights to Lahore and Peshawar. In the first half of 2013, the airline increased its frequency to Lahore and Peshawar from two to three flights a week to meet passenger demand.

Speaking of the airline’s first destination launch in 2013, Mr. Murabit Al Sawaf, President and CEO of RAK Airways said, ‘This is our first entry into the capital of Pakistan and we are proud to say that our bookings on our weekly two flights looks very encouraging. We are aspiring to see a significant rising curve of our passenger numbers with the Islamabad launch.’

With the introduction of Islamabad, RAK Airways, the full service carrier flying out of the Emarate of Ras Al Khaimah in UAE has spread its route map to 10 destinations – Jeddah, Doha, Chittagong, Dhakka, Peshawar, Lahore, Kathmandu, Cairo, Calicut and Islamabad.

RAK Airways is the full service carrier flying out of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. The airline bagged 300,000 passengers in 2012 and increased its passenger strength in the first half of 2013 by 40%. RAK Airways has an ambitious plan of flying to 40 destinations by 2015.

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