Inaugurated in 1976 by His Highness Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed AI Qasimi,the late Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) International Airport is celebrating thirty five years of its existence. Over the years the airport has been running secure, safe and efficient operations, and it has registered steady growth in passengers, cargo and aircraft movements. The Emirate of RAK, under the vision and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Member of the Supreme Council, continues to see strong growth in both commercial and tourism sectors. RAK Airport is experiencing increased activity in line with this growth. Located about eighteen kilometers from the city, the airport is not only modern with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities but also boasts a 3,760 meters long runway capable of handling the biggest aircraft currently in service. The present airport is set for more expansion in the coming years but currently consists of two passenger terminal buildings, cargo terminal facility, taxiways, apron, fuel farm, airport fire-fighting service, aircraft maintenance facilities, support facilities, access roads, car parking, control tower / technical building, administrative building, security and staff accommodation and an aviation training facility. Being strategically located between the East and the West, travelers from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East have found RAK Airport a connecting point. Also, in the recent past RAK Airport has become a gateway to the Emirates, particularly the contemporary and lavish resorts such as Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Banyan Tree Beach, Al Hamra Resort & Spa, Hilton Resort & Spa, Cove Rotana Resort, Golden Tulip Resort and many more luxury resorts that will be opening in near future. The management team at RAK Airport is working towards delivering a master plan that delivers the following in 2012;
In addition, RAK Airport will further enhance and develop airfield facilities such as new hangars, training facility, fuel farm with numerous fuel suppliers, new catering facility, airport trade-free zone, MRO facility, cargo terminal. With prospects for continued growth in the regional for airports, RAK Airport is committed to providing quality facilities and services to meet the future air transport needs of the region. However, we are clear to develop a sustainable airport, which aims to balance the economic and social benefits to the region with the need to control and mitigate environmental impacts.