Air Arabia has become Ras Al-Khaimah’s designated carrier, the emirate’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) announced.

The low budget carrier, which operates out of Ras al-Khaimah International airport, is set to significantly increase in the number of destinations in the near future. It focuses mainly on short-haul travel between states in the region.

 “Today’s announcement is a natural step in the next stage of Ras al-Khaimah’s aviation development, driven by the emirate’s steady economy, expanding population, growing industrial activity, and tourism. We are delighted to be entering into a strategic agreement with an extremely successful airline and are confident about the benefits this partnership will bring to the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah,” says Sheikh Salem bin Sultan al-Qasimi, chairman of DCA.

Air Arabia signed a $350m financing deal to fund the acquisition of 10 new Airbus aircraft in May 2013, part of a larger order of 44 aircraft placed with Airbus in 2007.