Flights from the United Arab Emirates: Airfares from India and Pakistan soar as residents return after Eid holiday – Reuters

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Ticket prices from popular cities, such as Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kozhikode, have reached Dh3,000



Published: Sat, May 7, 2022, 9:42 PM

Last update: Sat, May 7, 2022, 9:45 PM

Round-trip airfares from South Asian destinations such as India and Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates have soared as expats who traveled for the long Eid holiday return home.

Foreign travel has been important for the holidays, which began on April 30 for public sector and several private sector workers. The easing of pre-travel Covid restrictions has been a major reason expats have chosen overseas destinations this year.

However, as expats and travelers make their journey home, prices for one-way tickets from some destinations in countries like India and Pakistan have increased to Dh1,500 minimum on budget carriers. . On premium carriers, fares have soared to Dh2,500 and above.

Prices tend to remain high during these months which extend into the summer school holidays from July to September. Return ticket prices from popular Indian cities, such as Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kozhikode reached Dh3,000, while fares to Karachi during the summer holidays reached Dh1,755 and one-way from Karachi for May 8. 9 costs between 725 Dh and 979 Dh.

“Ticket prices decrease to less than 600 Dh only during the third week of May. After that, they remain very high until September,” explained Malik Badekar, COO at Smart Travels Dubai.

Travel agents also said many families planning to travel during the summer holidays had booked their tickets as early as January to avoid the spike in prices.

“It was expected that ticket prices would skyrocket this summer. This is the first time since the pandemic that vaccinated people can travel without any pre-travel testing,” Badekar said. Many families who have not yet booked their tickets are even considering putting their travel plans on hold because the prices are too high. “For a family of four, we would have to pay at least Dh7,000, which is unaffordable for ordinary families like ours,” said Sharjah resident Damodaran Thekkiiveetil.

He said: “I have a wife and two children. My wife doesn’t work and we haven’t been to our home town of Kerala for three years now due to Covid. I was hoping to go during the Eid holidays; unfortunately the ticket prices were very high. Next year we will try to book the tickets in January or February so that we can travel during the summer.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) estimated that around 1.9 million people would pass through the main airport between April 29 and May 9. Average daily traffic over the period is expected to exceed 177,000 passengers. The busiest day was expected to be May 7, with passenger numbers expected to hit the 200,000 mark.

Raheesh Babu, COO of Musafir.com Group, said Khaleej times“A lot of people traveled during the Eid holidays. Over the next two to three days, all of these travelers are on their way home. Along with leisure travel, business travel is also on the rise. Obviously, the prices have gone up.

“Summer school holidays are only two months away. Prices show no signs of slipping except for the last week of May or the first week of June. I expect this trend to continue through September.

Commenting on the upcoming summer trip, Babu said, “Tickets for the Kerala sector have already reached Dh3,000. The situation is similar for international vacation destinations.

Additionally, Babu said expectations are very high for the upcoming Arabian Travel Market, one of the largest tourism fairs in the region. “Visitor volumes would be very high for the ATM. This is indeed a sign of recovery in the industry. Unfortunately, the prices of plane tickets are high,” he explained.

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Sajeev Joseph, managing director of Holidays Tours, a Sharjah-based travel agency, said: “Ticket fares are currently very high, not only for the Indian sectors, but also for destinations such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Serbia and other Eastern European holidays. destinations. There is a kind of revenge tourism; people crave to travel just about anywhere.

“We are seeing very good trends in outbound travel to African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana. Inbound travel is also good, especially from India. Business travel is on the rise; a lot of us are preparing for the ATM this year,” said Joseph.

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