Karipur: With the start of summer holidays, aircraft operators have sharply increased the prices of tickets to the Gulf region. The move comes in view of the increase in number of families heading to the gulf countries to spend the school holidays.
A ticket to Dubai, which was Rs 5,000 now costs Rs 18,000. Tickets to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi will also cost three times more now. Jeddah flight tickets, which used to cost Rs 15,500 has been hiked to Rs 26,000. Riyadh flights which used to cost Rs 12,400 has been hiked to Rs 24,000. Dammam tickets now cost Rs 22,000.
Tickets to Doha, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain also cost Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 more than before.
Meanwhile, flight tickets from Gulf regions will increase in the middle of May. As Ramzan starts in the beginning of May, passenger rush from Gulf regions will increase. Already tickets are not available to Gulf regions in the first week of April.
Summer schedule will come into effect at the Karipur international airport from Friday. As per the new schedule SpiceJet will operate new services every week in the Kozhikode-Jeddah and Kozhikode-Bengaluru routes.
Jet Airways will start services in Kozhikode-Mumbai route while Air India will start services to Delhi and Kannur. SpiceJet will start its operations from April 20.
Air India will start operations in Kozhikode-Kannur-Delhi route from April 2. The flights will be operated on days except Monday and Thursday. Jet airways will restart operations on May 1.
Besides these, Indigo’s Delhi and Hyderabad services will restart soon. Larger aircrafts to Kozhikode-Jeddah and Riyadh by Air India and Kozhikode-Dubai services by Emirates will restart once they are granted permission to operate larger aircrafts.
Air India has already started efforts to start new services to Riyadh using Airbus Neo aircrafts.