Ras Al Khaimah will be receiving direct flights from Ukraine starting from June 25, after the emirate's Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) signed a strategic partnership with Ukraine International Airlines (UIA).
The move will see two weekly flights from Kyiv land in Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, as travel restrictions continue to ease.
The five-hour flight from Boryspil International Airport will allow travellers seamless entry into the emirate. Passengers will also receive complimentary return PCR testing – a service that Ras Al Khaimah is extending to all international visitors.
Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, commented: "Ukraine has emerged as a growing market for Ras Al Khaimah, with our partnership with Ukraine International Airlines demonstrating our resolve to restart tourism by re-energising our aviation collaborations.
"Our relationship with UIA is a particularly special one as it is not only the second commercial airline to fly into our Emirate but it also marks the first airline from Ukraine and its national carrier. It marks a key step in the recovery of international tourism and aligns with our wider strategy to investigate new routes across core, secondary, and emerging markets and to diversify our portfolio with both charter and commercial flights.
"We invite our Ukrainian visitors to experience the authentic Arabian hospitality of our Emirate, in addition to the wealth of unique attractions – from beach and adventure to culture, retail to nature – that offer the ideal international getaway appealing in one way or another to each and every traveller."