Tuesday, August 17, 2021

UAE-India flights: Ticket rates set to drop by September once initial return rush stabilises

Dubai: Indian expats should wait a couple of weeks to book their return flights to the UAE with rates expected to soften once the initial rush in demand stabilises. It was last week that the UAE allowed flights from India to resume, and which then led to overnight increases in ticket charges.

Economy class tickets to fly from New Delhi or Mumbai cost between Dh900 to Dh1,500 – levels typically seen during the peak end-of-year season. These should come down to Dh500-Dh700 by early September as demand normalizes on these routes. Flights from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram can cost passengers over Dh450. Meanwhile, fares to Bengaluru are seen starting from Dh282.

“Students and parents will come back at least a week before schools reopen in Dubai,” said a spokesperson for Rayna Tours and Travels. Ultimately, “a return to normal fares will depend on the market scenario and COVID-19 cases [in India].”

Last week, Emirates and other carriers said COVID-19 vaccination certificates were no longer a requirement for entry into Dubai. This is now convincing residents to take a quick trip back home.

Flights from Dubai to New Delhi will cost passengers between Dh300 to Dh400. One-way tickets to Mumbai cost Dh400 to Dh700 and Kochi fares a little over Dh400, while those from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram are over Dh450. Meanwhile, fares to Bengaluru start from Dh282.

UAE - which allowed conditional re-entry for residents from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda - was expecting 650,000 passengers from all six countries, said an airline industry source. Once the expats make their return, the next phase of opening up will be about tourists from these countries can make a trip.

Local travel and tourism industry sources expect visitors to be allowed by mid-September. This, however, has not been confirmed by the authorities.

17/08/21 John Benny/Gulf News

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