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UAE flights: Airfares soar by 50% as stranded residents hope to return

suneeti@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 8, 2021 | Last updated on August 8, 2021 at 11.34 pm
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Passengers who have arrived in the UAE or planned their trips before August 10 have shelled way higher amounts.

Airfares from India and Pakistan have soared exponentially as UAE residents stranded in these two countries make a beeline to return to the Emirates.

Since the announcement, ticket prices have increased by at least 50 per cent on all available routes from India and Pakistan to the UAE, said travel agents.

A non-stop, one-way, economy ticket from Cochin, Kerala, to Dubai, UAE, which was usually available for Dh700-Dh850, is now being sold for Dh1,050-Dh1100.

Likewise, airfare for an economy class, one way between Mumbai in India to Dubai, UAE, is being sold for upwards of Dh1,300.

These are tentative airfares for the week starting August 12 and beyond. However, passengers who have arrived in the UAE or planned their trips before August 10 have shelled way higher amounts.

“I am taking a flight from Mumbai on August 9, and I have paid Dh6,500 for this,” said Shruti K., a resident of Dubai, who had been stranded in her hometown in India since her last visit in April.

Likewise, airfare for flights from various cities in Pakistan is being sold for remarkably high airfares.

An economy class ticket, non-stop, from Islamabad to Dubai is going for Dh2,300 and above. The same ticket for travel in November this year is around Dh800 — a difference of whopping more than 180 per cent.

An economy-class ticket from Karachi to Dubai, which would normally be available for Dh600-Dh650, one way, is now being sold for Dh1,200 and above, almost double the price.

The dramatic rise in prices is indicative of the high demand among travellers on these routes connecting various cities in India and Pakistan to the UAE.

Ticket prices

>Dh1,050-Dh1100: One-way, economy ticket from Cochin, Kerala, to Dubai

(Usually available for Dh700-Dh850)

Dh2,300+: Economy class ticket, non-stop, from Islamabad to Dubai

(The same ticket for travel in November this year is around Dh800)

suneeti@khaleejtimes.com

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Suneeti Ahuja Kohli

Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli has been in Dubai long enough to call it her spiritual home. She loves to travel but plans to settle down in Koi Samui, Thailand eventually to spend her sunset years by the sea. For now, she writes frequently on personal finance, retirement planning, business news and features, health and almost anything assigned by her editor. Her sojourns can be followed on instagram (suneetiahujakohli), news and views on Twitter @suneetiahuja, and for the rest, there’s a Facebook account.





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