DUBAI: With all types of visa holders and stranded residents now permitted to fly into the UAE, airfares have increased by at least 100%, according to the Khaleej Times.
Since the authorities announced the reinstatement of visit permits for Covid-vaccinated visitors on August 30, ticket prices have skyrocketed, particularly from the Subcontinent to the UAE.
Smart Travels operations manager Malik Bedekar stated, “[The] demand and flight ticket prices have surged for [the] tourists from the entire Subcontinent.” Flights from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal have increased by at least 100%.”
“There is a significant demand for visitors from Bangladesh; nevertheless, the SOPs for visitors and tourist visa holders from the South Asian country are still unclear. “I expect that after airlines clarify these restrictions, airfares will rise again,” Badekar predicted.
The greatest rates are seen in the Kerala sector from India, where one-way tickets range from Dh1,000 to Dh2,400, depending on the airline and the time of travel. These prices are valid for travel on September 3rd.
“Some airlines are giving special prices to travellers. Go Air is selling discounted tickets to travellers flying from Kochi and Kannur. These tickets cost between Dh750 and Dh800,” he noted.
After Kerala, Mumbai has the second-highest prices, closely followed by Delhi.
“From Pakistan, Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad are all high-growth markets, especially now that the rapid test issue has been rectified. The demand is currently very strong; however, it should be regularised within a week or two,” Badekar added.
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