Friday, July 05, 2019

Indian families in the UAE forced to cancel travel plans as air fares soar

Indian families in the UAE are being priced out of trips back home as a summer surge in demand and the shutdown of a major airline cause fares to soar.

Travellers are being forced to fork out up to three times the typical cost for flights to many parts of the country, with travel agents admitting the price hike has prompted some customers to cancel their plans.

A combination of a reduction in numbers flights and high demand during the summer months - when many Indian expatriates fly home as the school term ends - is being cited as the reason for the inflated fees.

Jet Airways, India's second-largest carrier, which operated flights to 60 cities, suspended flights in April due to a Dh4.4 billion funding shortfall.

Premjit Bangara, general manager at leading UAE travel agent Sharaf Travel, believed rising air fares could be explained by the "summer rush and the major demand in sectors like India and Egypt”.

Fares to cities like Trivandrum, Kochi, and Kannur rose by almost 30 per cent as did prices for Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai this month.
04/07/19 Anam Rizvi and Ramola Talwar Badam/National

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