Ras Al Khaimah: 
RAK Airways announced Islamabad and Amman to be its first two destination launches in 2013.

Earlier in the month, in a strategic press briefing, Murabit Al Sawaf, President and CEO of RAK Airways, stated that the airline is visualising a growth path with new destinations and increase in its fleet size and that within the next few weeks the airline will announce five new destinations.

In line with the earlier press briefing, Al Sawaf today announced the launch of Islamabad on August 5 and Amman on August 7, 2013.

The airline saw passenger numbers to the tune of 300,000 in 2012 and in the first quarter of 2013, the numbers have jumped to 40 per cent.

Islamabad is RAK Airways’ third 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.

‘With over 600,000 expatriate Pakistan nationals, contributing to the economy of the UAE, RAK Airways is only glad to provide another entry into Pakistan,” Al Sawaf said.

With the addition of the two new routes, RAK Airways will fly to 11 destinations. At present, the airline operates to nine destinations.