India’s leading budget carrier IndiGo added Gulf city of Ras Al Khaimah as its 100th destination with daily flights between Mumbai and the city in UAE.
This will be IndiGo’s 11th Middle East destination in the 6E network. The inaugural flight got a ceremonial welcome at the Gulf city with water canon salute as it taxied to the terminal.
The city of Ras Al Khaimah is included in Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2022. It offers an experience of a range of landscapes from the sea and Beach, desert and mountain range.
Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Atanasios Titonis, Director-Commercial & Business Development Stanislav Bujnovsky welcomed IndiGo CEO Pieter Elbers, who travelled in the inaugural flight to Ras Al Khaimah.
“We are very pleased to commence this first direct connection between Mumbai and Ras Al-Khaimah. For IndiGo, this is the 100th destination in the 6E network and our fourth Emirate,” Elbers said.
“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,” Elbers said.
He said this new route, warmly welcomed by the airline’s customers and authorities, further enhances connectivity in the region as envisioned in IndiGo’s strategy.
Indian Ambassador to the UAE Sunjay Sudhir, who was also present at the airport, said the new flight will cater to the growing demand of Indian passengers to the region.
Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of The Department of Civil Aviation Ras Al Khaimah & Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, said that it will cater to 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,” he said.
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.”
(With inputs from PTI)