Spicejet Eyes Ras Al-Khaimah As A Future Hub
Spicejet, the second largest carrier of India, has been on an expansion spree after a recovery from financial meltdown which nearly subsumed the company in 2015. In the wake of it aggressive expansion and innovative maneuvering for last 4 years, the airline has been able to stabilize its operations to the extent that it is now considering expanding its international operations to western and eastern Europe. And, to meet this objective, it is considering to build a hub in the northernmost emirate of the UAE, Ras Al-Khaimah.
Why Building a Hub at Ras Al-Khaimah?
Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhai are three most important international airports which cater to most of the international flights of this region. Compared to these three big airports, Ras Al-Khaimah is relatively quiet international airfield. There is a lot of scope for the region to grow with busier airport operations.
Whether Spicejet will use the same name or will create a new airline company remains to be seen. There are good chances that it will be a new airline as Spicejet has already applied for a certification for a new airline with RAK. With the beginning of operations, Spicejet will be yet another budget carrier after Air Arabia of Sharjah and flydubai of Dubai.
Another reason for choice of RAK is that the airports in India are becoming increasingly congested due to increasing passenger traffic and there are a number of new airplane orders from different airlines. This will further increase the congestion. Therefore, Spicejet considered it opportune to look for opportunities in the immediate neighbourhood and RAK promises to be a “hidden jewel”, as Spicejet CEO Mr Ajay Singh rightly calls it.
Spicejet plans to field Boeing Max 737 planes from here for its westward expansion plans. The airline will make a beginning of flights to this emirate in December from New Delhi and will work to make it a hub over the next months.
Map location of Ras Al Khaimah