With a population of eight million people, the UAE is already well served by its three main airlines. But now the country is launching a fourth. RAK Airways will operate from Ras Al Khaimah’s small airport north of Dubai and will take on neighbouring, much larger, more established airlines.
So why launch now – and can it ever compete in such a crowded market? BBC Middle East Business Reporter, Philip Hampsheir. went along to the airline launch to ask.
Philip Hampsheir, BBC Middle East Business interviews:
Sheikh omar Bin Saqr Al Oassimi, Chairman, RAK Airways
RolandBlaney, Chief Executive, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
Susan Fenton, Transport Editor, MEED
RAK Airways www.rakairways.com
Ras Al Khaimah www.rasalkhaimah.eu
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