SpiceJet to establish airline based at Ras Al Khaimah Airport

    SpiceJet MD and chairman Ajay Singh reported the LCC is “looking to establish an airline locally based” at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK), adding “We are applying for certification shortly and the approval will take around three to six months” (Economic Times/Live Mint/Khaleej Times/CNBC-TV18/Financial Express, 23-Oct-2019). Mr Singh said “the new airline will help connect India with Eastern and Western European destination[s] using RAK as [a] hub”, adding that SpiceJet aims to launch the start up airline and commence services in 2020. He reported SpiceJet plans to station four to five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at Ras Al Khaimah once it receives US FAA approval to resume operation of the aircraft type. Mr Singh noted the increasing congestion at airports in India prompted SpiceJet to pursue plans to establish its first international hub at RAK and added that the LCC is exploring plans to “create a logistics hub at RAK airport for aircraft maintenance and repair operations”.