Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Airlines fly high as India-UAE flight bookings soar by 75%

Travel between India and the UAE has seen a sharp rise in recent weeks, fuelled by easing of travel restrictions and a combonation of popular events – Indian Premier League (IPL), T-20 Cricket World Cup and Expo 2020 Dubai - with travel services firms reporting a whopping jump of 75 percent in bookings and airlines seeing almost full passenger loads.

The surge in demand and capacity constraints has, however, led to airfares on the India-Dubai sector soaring by over 50 percent for economy class and over 250 percent for business in airlines, travel industry executives said.

“Travel has increased sharply from India to the UAE since fans are allowed to watch IPL matches at the stadium. Our daily bookings have risen by nearly 75 percent for the month of September in comparison to previous months, after a challenging year,” Atish Thapa, business head - Middle East at Cleartrip, told Arabian Business.

“There are some interesting data points to indicate further jumps in bookings in the current and coming months, and showing the travel recovery to pre-pandemic level,” Thapa said.

The latest data reveals a 12 percent increase in the number of passengers booking a month in advance, while a 30 percent decline in last-minute transactions, from 67 percent earlier to 36 percent currently.

“It is clear that more people are expressing confidence in their travel plans, which is expected to spur a recovery in travel,” said the senior executive of Cleartrip, a leading online travel aggregator operating in the Middle East and India.

04/10/21 James Mathew/Arabian Business

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