Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

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Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
(Ra's al-Khaymah)

مطار رأس الخيمة الدولي
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Department of Civil Aviation
Location Ras al-Khaimah
Hub for Air Arabia
Time zone UAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL 94 ft / 29 m
Coordinates 25°36′48″N 055°56′20″E / 25.61333°N 55.93889°E / 25.61333; 55.93889Coordinates: 25°36′48″N 055°56′20″E / 25.61333°N 55.93889°E / 25.61333; 55.93889
Website rakairport.com
Map
OMRK is located in United Arab Emirates
OMRK
OMRK
Location in the UAE
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,760 12,336 Asphalt
Sources: UAE AIP[1]

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (IATA: RKTICAO: OMRK) (alternatively Ra's al-Khaymah, Arabic: مطار رأس الخيمة الدولي‎‎) is located in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) south[1] of the town of the same name. The airport has two passenger terminal buildings as well as cargo, aircraft maintenance, and aviation training facilities.[2]

History[edit]

In 1976, the airport was inaugurated by the long-time ruler, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi. Unlike Dubai International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport did not develop into an international or regional aviation hub.

In 2007, RAK Airways started operating as the national airline with a hub at the airport. It suspended regular operations in 2008 due to the global economic crisis. It relaunched in 2010 with new branding and management, but suspended operations permanently in 2013.[3] [4] [5]

In 2014, Air Arabia started its commercial flights to different destinations including Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. Air Arabia PJSC has been designated as the national carrier for Ras-al-Khaimah for a period of ten years, extendable thereafter. [6]

The airport was the second in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf to secure the ISO 9001: 2000 accreditation for quality management.[7] Currently, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is being refocused with efforts to attract cargo business, in particular from establishments under the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Cairo, Chittagong, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Islamabad, Jeddah, Lahore, Muscat, Peshawar
Air India Express Al Ain, Kozhikode
SmartWings Prague, Katowice
Ural Airlines Charter: Moscow–Domodedovo

In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2015, Ras Al Khaimah Airport served as the set for the filming of the Hindi film Airlift starring Akshay Kumar.[8]

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