Rising airfares major blow for expats in Gulf countries

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Dubai:With ‘Bakrid’ and mid-summer holidays fast approaching, airfares from UAE to India have skyrocketed. Bakrid is most likely to fall on June 28, schools in Gulf countries will shut down for a week by the end of June, for summer holidays. The airlines are targeting families who will be planning to fly to India during this period.

During off seasons, the airfares from UAE to India will be usually less than 1000 Dirhams (around Rs 22,000). At present, one way ticket is priced above 2000 Dirhams (around Rs 45,000). The rates are going up every single day. In the current scenario, Gulf expats will have to spend around 3000 Dirhams (Rs 67,000 approximately) per person for a two-way trip. By June last week, tickets in budget airlines will also cost more than 2000 Dirhams. Major airlines including Indigo and SpiceJet are charging up to 3,200 Dirhams (around Rs 72,000) during the period.

The shortage in airline services is being cited as the major reason for the skyrocketing ticket fares. Currently, only AirIndia Express is running services from Kannur to Dubai and Sharjah. Travelers who have booked their tickets in Go First airlines, which has temporarily shut down its operations, will now have to look for alternate options in case their services do not resume anytime soon. Air India’s decision to scrap their Kozhikode services from March-end also seems to have contributed to the rising ticket prices.

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