Monday, December 07, 2020

Steep hike in UAE-India air tickets during the holiday season

Abu Dhabi: For Indian expats, being with loved ones back home for the holidays will not come cheap even on repatriation and unscheduled flights. With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, there has been a steep hike in airfares under Vande Bharat Mission’s travel services.

A ticket for Wednesday and Sunday flights of Air India Express — from Abu Dhabi to Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala — costs Dh770 on December 9 and soars to Dh1,480 by December 16. The rates dip to Dh830 on December 20 and Dh770 on December 23.

A return ticket between the last week of December and first week of January ranges from Dh468 to Dh607, making overall expenses north of Dh2,000 for an expat.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ December 7 ticket from Abu Dhabi to Thiruvananthapuram comes for Dh803, but hits Dh1,503 by December 14 and Dh1,333 on December 21. A return ticket on December 29 is at Dh654 and January 2 at Dh1,094, bring total expenses to over Dh2,500.

Despite higher rates, a number of expats have booked air tickets.

07/12/20 Ashwani Kumar/Khaleej Times

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