RAK Airport appoints new CEO to drive expansion, tourism growth

Atanasios Titonis will be overseeing Ras Al Khaimah International Airport's expansion strategy and will lead business and strategy development

  
Passengers depart from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. WAM news agency

Passengers depart from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. WAM news agency

Ras Al Khaimah Airport has appointed Atanasios Titonis as its new CEO, to continue to drive its expansion and development.  

Titonis previously worked as COO of Dammam Airport Company, Saudi Arabia. He has worked as the CTO of Cologne-Bonn Airport, Germany, and has experience across Europe and the Middle East, according to a statement from the airport.

Titonis will be overseeing Ras Al Khaimah International Airport’s expansion strategy and will lead business and strategy development, financial management and day-to-day operations of the aviation hub, the statement said. He replaces Sanjay Khanna, who left the airport last year. 

Eng Salem Sultan Al-Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, board member of General Civil Aviation Authority & RAK Executive Council, said: “With in-depth knowledge and expertise working across multiple facets of the aviation industry, Atanasios will play a vital role in navigating this crucial phase and driving the airport’s continued development.

“He will also be pivotal in building further strategic partnerships to open up the Emirate to key markets and drive its growth as one of the most dynamic tourist destinations.”

RAK Airport’s expansion will include increased frequency of flights and new routes, to contribute towards the emirate’s development plans to attract 3 million visitors by 2030.

The airport announced earlier this year that it had formed partnerships with leading carriers SCAT Airlines, URAL, flyEgypt, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) and Smartwings.

The emirate also announced $136 million of investmentin tourism earlier this year.

(Writing by Imogen Lillywhite; editing by Seban Scaria )

Imogen.lillywhite@refinitiv.com

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