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Air Arabia to become official carrier of Ras Al Khaimah

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Air Arabia to become official carrier of Ras Al Khaimah Reply with quote

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/air-arabia-become-official-carrier-of-ras-al-khaimah-537000.html

Air Arabia to become official carrier of Ras Al Khaimah

2 February 2014

Air Arabia will become the official carrier of Ras Al Khaimah following the collapse of RAK Airways last month.

Under an agreement announced on Sunday, RAK's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has signed a strategic partnership with low cost airline Air Arabia.

The deal will enable the airline to become the emirate's designated carrier operating services from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, a statement said.

"The launch of partnership between the low-cost pioneer and the Department of Civil Aviation, RAK is expected to support Ras Al Khaimah's standing as an attractive tourist destination, while acting as a key catalyst for the further economic development of the Emirate," the statement added.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does that mean that there will be a singular flight from RAK to SHJ? Or something more substantial like the setting up of a dedicated hub with flights to and from say, the sub-continent or other points in the Gulf?

Bit of hot air if it's merely the former.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/india-grounds-air-arabias-designated-airline-status-plea/article9040784.ece

India grounds Air Arabia’s designated airline status plea

August 27, 2016

India has declined a request, for a second time, from the United Arab Emirates’ Ras Al Khaimah to grant flying rights for Air Arabia to connect with Indian cities as its designated carrier.

“Air Arabia didn’t meet the air services’ agreement requirements,” R.N. Choubey, Civil Aviation Secretary, said in an interview. “How can an airline be a designated carrier for two emirates?”The Indian authorities have said that Air Arabia already operates flights to Indian cities from its hub in Sharjah and the same airline cannot be granted flying rights to India from another emirate.

Airlines from India and Ras Al Khaimah are entitled to fly 1,428 seats each week from each side at present, as per the air services agreement.

Countries sign air service agreements through bilateral negotiations to decide the number of flights airlines can fly into each other’s territory. Then, the governments distribute the allocated seats to the respective designated airlines. However, in the case of UAE, India has signed separate bilateral air traffic agreements with seven emirates, including Ras Al Khaimah.
After Ras Al Khaimah’s official airline RAK Airways shut down in January 2014, Air Arabia was designated the official carrier of the emirate by its civil aviation authority. RAK Airways flew to 10 destinations in India and Air Arabia sought additional traffic rights to India as the designated carrier of Ras Al Khaimah. But the proposal has been rejected twice by the Civil Aviation Ministry.

“Air Arabia failed to establish that its base of operations is from Ras Al Khaimah,” said a senior ministry official. “We have asked Ras Al Khaimah to come up with a new request with a designated carrier that is substantially owned and effectively controlled by the emirate.” Air Arabia operates 115 weekly flights from Sharjah to 13 Indian cities.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:

“Air Arabia didn’t meet the air services’ agreement requirements,” R.N. Choubey, Civil Aviation Secretary, said in an interview. “How can an airline be a designated carrier for two emirates?”


Why is this a problem? How did GF operate in the past? Or for that matter would it prevent SAS from launching flights from CPH and ARN to India?
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