Thursday, April 01, 2021

Dubai-Delhi is third busiest air travel route worldwide in March

Dubai: The Dubai to Delhi route was the third busiest sector for the global airline industry during March, and just behind the Orlando-San Juan services and Hong Kong-Taipei, according to aviation data company OAG.

More than 146,000 seats were utilised in Delhi-Dubai flights, behind Orlando-San Juan’s 171,010 seats and Hong Kong-Taipei with 146,536 seats.

Typically, services from Dubai to Mumbai and to south Indian cities tend to be the most active on the UAE-India sector. But with Mumbai – and the state of Maharashtra - battling a torrid situation on COVID-19 infections, Delhi has filled the breach. As for the south India cities of Bengaluru and Kochi, the next few weeks could see more flights added – depending on the COVID-19 situation.

“There is anecdotal evidence to suggest the successful UAE vaccine programme has injected confidence in air travel across the region again,” said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero “We’ve seen flydubai and Emirates increase their network touchpoints over recent weeks.”

Most recently, Emirates said it was deploying the Airbus A380 and raising the number of flights to Amman from May 9. “The increase of capacity and frequencies are a testament to strengthened travel demand to and from Amman,” the airline said in a statement. The Dubai carrier plans to operate 12 flights a week to Jordan’s capital.

“The double-daily to Amman signals a return of demand - but what’s not clear yet is whether that demand is actually profitable,” said Ahmad. “Weaker pricing across the GCC has also helped entice would-be travellers to go flying again, though we’re still a long way off from anything normal.”

01/04/21 John Benny/Gulf News

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