By Claudia De Brito | January 18, 2022
The emirate’s new adventure tourism operator will use RAK’s airfield as a base
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RKT) has signed an agreement to establish its airfield as a base for new adventure tourism operator, ActionFlight Aviation.
The collaboration will see RKT become a hub for aerial experiences aimed at the emirate’s residents and visitors.
Aerobatic flights, skydiving and hot air ballooning will all be on offer at ActionFlight
The airport will also provide a base for Vertical, ActionFlight’s advanced pilot training programme. Specialising in Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), which is now mandated for all new commercial, private jet and airline pilots, both locally and internationally, the programme aims to attract professional pilots from across the region and beyond.
The agreement was formalised during a signing ceremony that took place at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport in the presence of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport CEO Atanasios Titonis and HE Sheikh Engr Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, board member of General Civil Aviation Authority and RAK Executive Council.
Commenting on the agreement, His Excellency said: “We’re laser-focused on two extremely important areas of development that are the promotion of tourism and business investments, as they become evident in our beautiful emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
We welcome the arrival of ActionFlight who are bound to take our tourism initiatives to new heights.
“With ActionFlight’s hot air ballooning, skydiving and aerobatic flight services helmed by experts and professionals from New Zealand, we look forward to providing tourists and residents with thrilling activities that the whole family can enjoy.”
RKT CEO Atanasios Titonis added: “We’re excited to welcome ActionFlight Aviation with its new aviation adventure tourism business to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. This new aviation adventure will be instrumental in promoting Ras Al Khaimah as a tourism destination and in adding a feather to the new phase of our expansions.”
ActionFlight founder Wayne Jack also commented, saying: “By working with Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and partners, we’re able to fulfil our goal of taking aviation adventure tourism to new heights, offering unique adrenaline-fuelled tourism experiences that will benefit the overall economy, and add value to the region’s long-term investment strategy. Our partnership will also complement Vertical, our advanced pilot training programme, providing state-of-the-art training facilities that will appeal to international airlines.”