India’s leading budget carrier IndiGo on Thursday added Ras Al Khaimah as its 100th destination with a new daily direct flight between Mumbai and the Gulf city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Also named as Gulf Tourism Capital for 2020 and 2021 by the Gulf Cooperation Council, Ras Al Khaimah is the airline’s 11th Middle East destination in the 6E network.
The inaugural IndiGo flight from Mumbai was given a ceremonial water cannon salute as the aircraft taxied to the terminal here to mark the occasion. 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 moving into a destination airport. This partnership will boost our business and will open a new channel to serve tourism for Ras Al Khaimah as an Emirate. Ras Al Khaimah is included in Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2022 and offers an experience of a range of landscapes from the sea and Beach, to desert and mountain ranges. It also has over 7,000 years of fascinating history, traditions, and culture.