LONDON – India’s largest low-cost carrier IndiGo has now commenced a daily direct service between Mumbai and Ras Al Khaimah.
As of 22 September, the inauguration of the new service has welcomed the new route as the airline’s 100th overall destination and 11th in the Middle East for its 6E network. Ras Al Khaimah was also named as Gulf Tourism Capital for the year 2020 and 2021 by Gulf Cooperation Council.
The operator and managing body of the international airport welcomed the arrival of the inaugural IndiGo flight from Mumbai, receiving the flight with a ceremonial water cannon salute.
IndiGo CEO statement
After taking the inaugural flight, Mr. Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo said, “We are very pleased to commence this first direct connection between Mumbai and Ras Al-Khaimah.”
“For IndiGo, this is 100th destination in 6E network and our fourth Emirate. Ras Al-Khaimah, which is known for its bright agricultural surroundings, is also focused on becoming the regional leader in sustainable tourism, which aligns well with our overall focus on sustainability.”
“In vast and diverse India, IndiGo already serves an unparalleled 74 cities and communities throughout the nation.”
“This new route, warmly welcomed by our customers and authorities, further enhances connectivity in the region as envisioned in IndiGo’s strategy.”
Gulf management statements
Welcoming the inaugural flight to the Gulf airport, His Excellency Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of The Department of Civil Aviation & Ras Al Khaimah International Airport said:
“It is our pleasure to welcome IndiGo airlines and to be able to acknowledge the increased passenger flow from the Indian subcontinent. The driving force behind Ras Al Khaimah’s economy lies in its thriving tourism and industrial sector and IndiGo’s approach is well aligned to our passenger needs”
Mr. Atanasios Titonis, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport said: “IndiGo is the right airline partner in our portfolio as we are on our way to move into a destination airport. This partnership will boost our business and will open a new channel to serve the tourism for Ras Al Khaimah as an Emirate.”
Included in Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2022, the destination offers an experience of a lifetime for travellers. A haven of year-round sunshine and nature, the location features world-class hotels and attractions, pristine beaches, lush mangrove trees and terracotta dunes.
About RKT International Airport
Established in March 1976, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RKT) is the gateway between Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) and the world.
Operating passenger and cargo services from an array of carriers, RKT connects the United Arab Emirates through regular flights to destinations that include Cairo, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Calicut, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Prague and Moscow.
With its progressive addition of ever more destinations to its current schedule, RKT is a major asset in the regions stated goal of opening up the Emirate to a greater number of international visitors.
As India’s largest low-cost carrier, IndiGo currently operates an international and domestic fleet of over 275 aircraft. The airline is operating over 1600 daily flights and is now connecting 74 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations.