Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Airfares for Dubai from India surge as airlines resume flight services

Air fares between India and Dubai have seen a massive surge since flights from India resumed last week, fuelled by the pent up demand from stranded Indians either working in the UAE or transiting through the popular hub to countries that allow entry for fully vaccinated passengers.

Indian and UAE carriers have resumed daily flights from multiple Indian cities after the UAE last week eased travel regulations for inbound and transit passengers from India and several Asian and African countries.

A one-way ticket to Dubai from cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi – among the most popular airports for outbound travel to the UAE and beyond is priced in the range of $470 to $612 for travel on August 14, which executives at travel services firms said is more than double than what they used to be in the pre-flight ban days.

“Both demand for travel and airfares are seeing a major surge since flights to the UAE have resumed after an almost three-and-half month ban. Among the airlines, the UAE carriers such as Emirates are seeing the maximum demand as they get transit passengers which form a sizable chunk of the current air traffic to Dubai,” Amit Udani, executive director at Fly Aerolink Travel, a leading Mumbai-based travel services agency, told Arabian Business.

“The actual costs for passengers to the UAE are much more than the airfare as they are required to get a rapid RT-PCR test just four hours prior to the departure of flights, besides a RT-PCR test conducted 72 hours before the journey,”.

11/08/21 James Mathew/Arabian Business

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