India-UAE flight fare drop drastically after five-months

Abu Dhabi: Air ticket fares from major Indian cities to UAE has dropped drastically after a five months high.

One-way fare from New Delhi-Dubai route can now be bought for less than Rs 14,000, down from Rs 40,000 a month ago.

Speaking to Siasat.com, Mohammed Omer Ali, operation manager of Musafir services, Hyderabad, said that airfares to the India-UAE have dropped almost halved.

In the month of December 2021, India-UAE airfare was about Rs 37,000 (1,814 Dirham). But now the fare from India to UAE cost about Rs 13,660 (Dirham 665) for one-way.

“In the month of October, I had paid approximately Rs 45,000 for me and my infant for a commercial flight, so I am happy as price fares have dropped for my returning flight,” said Hina Fatima, a woman from the city, who traveled to UAE in December and is now returning from her vacations.

“Airlines are charging the same fares as before – October-January is generally the peak period,” said a Safiya travel agent.

Travel agents see ticket prices soaring

The ticket prices has soared ever since the authorities announced the resumption of visit visas to Covid-vaccinated tourists from August 30, after a five-month ban on commercial flights.

In the month of Seltember 2021, Kochi – Dubai route had economy seats starting at 1,500 Dirhams (Rs 30,000) seats.

Prices of airline tickets have skyrocketed as the country opened doors for vaccinated residents, tourist and with official opening of Expo 2020 Dubai from October 1, 2021.

In October 2021, travel agents said one-way fares from Indian cities such as Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Kochi, Delhi are as high as Dirham 2,000 (Rs 40,373) near the departure date.

The airfares to the ever-busy UAE routes remain high in the month of December and January as people from India traveled to UAE to celebrate Christmas and New Year holidays. Plus, winter is the peak season for tourism in the country.

Previously the prices of air tickets were less than 600 dirhams (Rs 12,308) for flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Dubai.

On Wednesday, February 9, Indian government has exempted seven-day quarantine for international travelers from Monday, February 14. However, pre-travel RT-PCR test valid for 72-hours before departure will continue to remain mandatory for all international passengers.

International restrictions

The suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services in India has been extended till February 28. Flights under the air bubble arrangement would be unaffected, according to the country’s aviation authorities.

To restrict and control the spread of COVID-19, India stopped foreign flights in 2020. However, flight limitations were eventually relaxed as part of air bubble agreements with specific nations.

New routes

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines began flying to new places in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for travel. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has launched direct flights to Kochi, Kozhikode, and Thiruvananthapuram. Go First, an Indian low-cost airline now operates four weekly flights between Srinagar and Sharjah.

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