Ras Al Khaimah airport gets a makeover
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport may not be much to look at currently, but if the airportÃ¢â‚¬™s new CEO has his way, the airport will become a key cargo hub in supporting reconstruction of war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan as Ras Al Khaimah goes after its slice of the Gulf regionÃ¢â‚¬™s aviation pie.
March 1, 2010
Blaney, only months into the job, clearly has a challenge on his hands. The ruling family of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Ã¢â‚¬“ one of six emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates Ã¢â‚¬“ has voiced its wish for the emirate to put its stamp on the regionÃ¢â‚¬™s booming aviation industry.
This includes working with the RAK Airways team to see whether it is worth establishing a national carrier again. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But weÃ¢â‚¬™re also tasked with getting carriers in because itÃ¢â‚¬™s far easier for a carrier to add us to their network than force a lot of funds into a national carrier to get started,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said adding that the economic downturn has largely meant attracting any new carriers in the short term is unlikely.
The push to get a slice of the regionÃ¢â‚¬™s aviation pie, is not just about the airline or airport, however. RAKÃ¢â‚¬™s development organization, two free trade zones and the RAK investment authority are allworking towards developing industry and logistics in the emirate.