UAE flights: Charges increased 4 times higher than usual rates
(MENAFN) Charges have reached more than four times higher than the usual rates in the last week of August, because of extraordinarily heavy inbound traffic from main destinations like India, Pakistan, UK and Egypt.
A lot of expatriate families and people visit their home nations for vacations in the summer holidays. The inbound traffic witnessed a big increase in the last couple of weeks of August before school reopening in the UAE.
Travel agents expect the India-Pakistan cricket match for the next Asia Cup in the UAE might give a boost to incoming traffic in the last week of August while corporate travel is going to stay strong as well.
“Airfares vary in terms of airlines and routes. But on average airfares are up four times in the last week of August when we compare them to regular days. The Indian subcontinent is the main sector that sees the most traffic and high airfares this time. On the European routes, it’s mainly the high-end people who have travelled for vacations and are returning at the end of the month.
But traffic is a bit low on the Nepal route this time,” on the words of TP Sudheesh, general director of Deira Tours and Travels.
He added that many of the flights are already sold out much in advance as almost all the families and residents buy return tickets well before.
“People know when the schools are going to reopen by the end of August. It’s not only students, families and non-teaching staff, even most of the other residents also book seats much earlier.
Since demand is very high and seat availability is limited, the airfares have gone much higher,” on the words of Sudheesh.
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