Spicejet plans to launch UAE-based carrier with new hub in Ras Al Khaimah
Spicejet will operate five flights a week and aims to gradually increase the frequency
India’s Spicejet is to launch its first international hub in Ras Al Khaimah.
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of the budget carrier, told a press conference on Wednesday the company is also looking to set up a new airline in the northern emirate, sister publication Arabian Business reported.
Operations from the UAE will start in December with a Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft flying between New Delhi and Ras Al Khaimah.
Spicejet will operate five flights a week and aims to gradually increase the frequency.
Singh said: “We are looking to see Ras Al Khaimah become a stepping stone into European destinations. There is already good traffic between RAK and Europe and we are connecting Europe to India via Ras Al Khaimah. This is our first international hub.”
Singh revealed they have applied for a licence for the new airline, which will operate from Ras Al Khaimah and is scheduled to take off next year.
It will be the sixth airline to operate from the UAE after Emirates airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, Flydubai and the recently-announced Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.
“We are looking to establish an airline locally based in Ras Al Khaimah,” said Singh. “We are applying for certification shortly and the approval will take around three to six months. The new airline will help connect India with Eastern and Western European destination using RAK as hub.”
Singh added that up to five jets will be based in Ras Al Khaimah.