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29 November 2023

RAK Airways starts flights to Chittagong

By Staff Writer




RAK Airways announced that it has started operating flights from Ras Al Khaimah to Chittagong, its second destination in Bangladesh, from Saturday.

The airline will operate three flights a week to Chittagong. RAK Airways already has a strong network to Bangladesh with thrice- a- week frequency to Dhaka.

Speaking at a function held to announce the new destination, K Ravindran, chief operating officer of RAK Airways, said: “We are extremely proud to announce our second destination to Bangladesh and believe in providing world-class services at affordable prices and hence assuring a luxurious flying experience.”

RAK Airways, which started flying in November 2007, offers non-stop flights from Ras Al Khaimah to Dhaka, Colombo and Chittagong.

Ravindran said RAK Airways is all set to start operating flights to Kozhikode in Kerala, India, hopefully in April. “We have received the traffic rights to operate daily flights to Kozhikode and are awaiting final clearance from the Indian Civil Aviation authorities. We hope to start flying to Kozhikode by April 15, subject to the completion of all necessary formalities.”

The airline would be operating Boeing 757 aircraft, having a capacity of 190 seats, in the sector.

Ravindran said response to the new airline has been remarkable with the Dhaka route operating at about 95 per cent capacity. He said the new flight to Chittagong will contribute to enhance trade and business relations between the UAE and Banladesh. The airline hopes to commence flights to Kathmandu in Nepal and add some destinations in the Gulf sector soon, he added.

The airline has adopted a hub-and-spoke network strategy by attracting passengers from other countries to Ras Al Khaimah and then flying them to various destinations. It offers transportation facilities for all inbound and outbound passengers from other emirates to Ras Al Khaimah airport.

Nazimullah Chowdary, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the UAE, said: “The enhanced air connectivity will be of great benefit to the large number of Bangladeshi expatriates.”