NEW DELHI: Beginning on Thursday, IndiGo, the largest airline in India, will operate new daily direct flights between Mumbai and Ras Al-Khaimah (United Arab Emirates).
Ras Al-Khaimah is the 11th location in the Middle East and 100th worldwide in the 6E network. It was also named by the Gulf Cooperation Council as the region's tourism hub for 2020 and 2021.
Ras Al-Khaimah is the 100th overall destination and eleventh in the Middle East in the 6E network. It was also named as Gulf tourism capital for 2020- 2021 by the GCC.
Chairman of Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport Engineer, Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi; Atanasios Titonis, CEO of Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport; Stanislav Bujnovsky, Director -- Commercial and Business Development, welcomed Pieter Elbers, CEO, IndiGo, who travelled in the inaugural flight to Ras Al-Khaimah.
Elbers said, "This is the first direct flight between Mumbai and Ras Al-Khaimah, and we are really happy to start it. This is IndiGo's fourth emirate and the 100th location on the 6E network. Ras Al-Khaimah, renowned for its vibrant agricultural surroundings, is concentrating on leading sustainable tourism in the region, which is consistent with our overall focus on sustainability. IndiGo already provides unmatched service to 74 cities and villages across the vast and diverse country of India.
As envisioned in IndiGo's strategy, this new route, which has been warmly welcomed by both customers and authorities, improves connectivity in the area even more."
Commenting on the development, Sultan Al Qasimi said: "We are pleased to formally welcome IndiGo airlines to Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport and to recognise the rising number of travelers arriving from the Indian subcontinent. The growing tourism and industrial sectors of Ras Al-Khaimah are the backbone of its economy, and IndiGo's strategy is ideally suited to our passengers' requirements."
Titonis declared: "As we prepare to move into a destination airport, IndiGo is the ideal airline partner in our portfolio. This alliance will help our firm grow and create a new route for Ras Al-Khaimah to promote its tourism."