UAE flights: Airfares from India, Pakistan soar as residents return after Eid holidays

Ticket prices from popular cities such as Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kozhikode range from Dh3,000 . have reached

Published: Sat May 7th 2022, 9:42 pm

Last Update: Sat May 7th 2022, 10:12 pm

Return airfare to the United Arab Emirates from South Asian destinations such as India and Pakistan has increased as expatriates who return home for the long Eid holidays.

Outbound travel was strong thanks to the holidays that began on April 30 for workers in the public sector and many private sector workers. The easing of pre-travel Covid restrictions was one of the main reasons for migrants choosing outbound destinations this year.

However, as expatriates and travelers make their return journeys, one-way ticket prices from some destinations in countries such as India and Pakistan have risen to a minimum of Rs 1,500 on budget carriers. On premium carriers, the fare has gone up to Rs 2,500 and above.

Prices remain high in these months, extended until the July-September school summer holidays. Return ticket prices from popular Indian cities, such as Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kozhikode, have reached Dh3,000, while fares for Karachi during the summer holidays have gone up to Dh1,755 and one-way tickets from Karachi for May 8. 9 is priced between Dh725 to Dh979.

“Ticket prices go down by Dh600 only during the third week of May. After that, they keep skyrocketing till September,” explained Malik Badekar, Operations Manager, Smart Travels Dubai.

Travel agents have also said that many families planning to travel during the summer holidays have booked their tickets in early January to avoid price extremes.

“It was predicted that ticket prices would skyrocket this summer. This is the first time since the pandemic that vaccinated people can travel without any pre-travel testing,” Badekar said. Many families who have not booked their tickets yet are also considering postponing their travel plans as the prices are too high. “For a family of four, we have to pay at least 7,000, which is not affordable for regular families like ours,” said Damodaran Thekkiwetil, a resident of Sharjah.

He said: “I have a wife and two children. My wife doesn’t work, and we haven’t been to my hometown of Kerala for three years. I was looking forward to go for the Eid holidays; Unfortunately, ticket prices were too high. Next year we will try to book tickets in January or February so that we can travel during summer.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has estimated that around 1.9 million people will pass through the main airport between April 29 and May 9. Average daily traffic during this period was estimated to exceed 177,000 passengers. The busiest day was expected to be 7 May, the day when passenger numbers were expected to reach the 200,000 mark.

Raheesh Babu, Group COO of said Khaleej Times: “Many people traveled during the Eid holidays. In the next two to three days, all those passengers are going back to their homes. In addition to leisure travel, business travel is also on the rise. Obviously, prices have gone up.

“The school summer vacations are only two months away. Barring the last week of May or the first week of June, there is no sign of a fall in prices. I expect this trend to continue till September.”

Commenting on the upcoming summer trip, Babu said: “Tickets for Kerala sector have already reached Dh3,000. The same is the case for international holiday destinations.”

Furthermore, Babu said that the expectations are very high for the upcoming Arab travel market, which is one of the biggest tourism trade shows in the region. “Visitor volume for ATMs will be very high. This is indeed a sign of improvement in the industry. Unfortunately, air ticket prices are high,” he explained.

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Sanjeev Joseph, Managing Director, Holiday Tours, a Sharjah-based travel agency, said: “Ticket fares are currently very high, not only for Indian regions, but also for destinations such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Serbia and other Eastern European holiday destinations. For also. The destination is becoming a sort of revenge tourism; People are thirsty to go almost anywhere.”

“We see very good outbound travel trends for African countries like Nigeria and Ghana. Inbound travel is also good, especially from India. Business travel is on the rise; we are preparing for ATMs in a big way this year.”


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