Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
(RAK Airport) - the UAE’s fastest growing aviation hub - has extended its reach into Central Asia with the launch of flights from the northern emirate to Kazakhstan.
Landing at RAK Airport yesterday (March 5) at 9pm, SCAT Airlines flight VSV 5050 marked the commencement of a new service that will see eight flights per week between Ras Al Khaimah and the folowing eight Kazakh cities - Almaty, Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Oral, Nur Sultan and Shymkent.
"Ras Al Khaimah International Airport as the fastest growing aviation hub in the UAE and is establishing itself as a vital port of entry into the country," said Salem Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.
"With its ongoing expansion plans that are accelerating into a new phase, RAK Airport will play an increasingly important role in the UAE’s development plans for the next 50 years, creating stronger links to the UAE with cultures around the world," he stated.
Menilbekov Madiyar, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UAE, said: "SCAT Airlines’ new operation in partnership with RAK International Airport has created a vital new link between Kazakhstan and the UAE and one that will serve both countries extremely well. Expo2020 is just around the corner and this service will offer a direct connection from eight major Kazakhstan cities - including its capital Nur Sultan that has a population of more than one million to the host country of the world’s largest exposition."
SCAT Airlines is based at Shymkent Airport, Kazakhstan, with additional bases at Aktau, Astana and Almaty airports.
"Kazakhstan has an emergent middleclass keen to visit new destinations. The relaxing of restrictions as the coronavirus pandemic finally comes to an end will entice UAE citizens and residents to explore new regions. I expect that we will witness significant two-way passenger traffic on this new SCAT Airlines route in the coming months," he added.
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport CEO Sanjay Khanna said: "We are delighted to announce that our airport has extended the area of operations into Central Asia through its partnership with SCAT Airlines. The new schedule operated by SCAT offers both our UAE and Kazakhstan passengers exciting new regions to discover and will help Ras Al Khaimah expand its tourism sector, which forms a major aspect of the emirate’s diversification policy."
"This partnership will also play an important role in the UAE’s aim of attracting 25 million visitors to the forthcoming Expo2020 and assisting the country with its wider economic agenda," he added.-TradeArabia News Service
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