Monday, July 13, 2020

Drop in ticket fares of special flights to UAE

Kozhikode: Fares of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights to enable stranded non-resident Keralites (NRKs) to return to UAE have dropped significantly after more airlines, including UAE-based carriers and other Indian airlines, also announcing schedules in the Kerala-UAE sector.
As many as 52 Air India Express flights are operating from four airports in the state to UAE starting Sunday till July 26, which will have UAE residency permit holders returning to that country as passengers. For instance, the fares of Air India Express flight from Karipur airport to Dubai (for July 17) which stood at Rs 29,650 on Saturday morning dropped to Rs 17,930 by Saturday night. Fares of VBM flights from other airports in the state to the UAE have also dropped.
While Air India and Air India Express had announced repatriation flights as part of VBM from India to UAE on June 9, UAE-based airlines like Emirates and flydubai along with Indian carrier SpiceJet announced flights in the sector on July 11 leading to drop in fares of VBM flights to UAE.
Dubai-based budget carrier flydubai had made available tickets in the Karipur-Dubai sector at a rate of around Rs 18,000, while SpiceJet also announced flights on Saturday from Karipur and Kochi to Ras Al Khaimah in UAE at fares ranging from Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000. Following the fare drop, now tickets of Air India Express flights are available in the Kochi-Dubai sector for around Rs 12,800.
13/07/20 Times of India
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