Wednesday, August 03, 2022

India-UAE September airfares will be up 40-50% as expats return from holidays

Dubai: After dipping in August, airfares from India to the UAE will be on the rise for September, as expats returning from holidays and jobseekers generate sizeable demand for seats. Rate increases could be 40-50 per cent and more as business-related trips will also be on the rise from next month.

A flight from Delhi to Dubai will cost around Dh930, up significantly from the Dh500 plus charged now. Mumbai-Dubai flights will likely hit Dh800 next month compared to around Dh550 right now. The Kochi-Dubai route is already on the higher side, with most carriers charging more than Dh1,000 for a one-way ticket. These are seen skyrocketing to Dh3,500 in September.

For those flying in from Thiruvananthapuram, fares will nearly double to Dh1,500. “The rise in September airfares is completely due to expats returning to UAE after the first proper summer without travel restrictions,” said Suraj Ramesh, Tours Manager, Albadie Travel Agency. “Tourists have not started coming in yet because it is still too hot – we will see inflows only by October-end.”

Another travel agent said that airlines are squeezing the most out of residents, who have to return ahead of school re-openings. Air India is planning to start thrice-weekly flights from Dubai to Kolkata only by winter, said the airline’s regional manager. “We are restricted by bilaterals (and) hence have to play around with current entitlements only,” he added.

03/08/22 John Benny/Gulf News

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