New Delhi :
Travel plans between India and the UAE have hit a roadblock as ticket prices for flights from India to the UAE have witnessed an alarming surge.
Passengers seeking to return to the UAE are facing a substantial 200% increase in ticket fares, prompting many to reconsider their travel plans or even cancel their journeys altogether.
Challenges Faced by Passengers:
The sharp 200% hike in ticket fares has caught passengers off guard, making travel financially impractical for many.
This surge in ticket prices is a common occurrence during peak holiday seasons.
Industry experts point out that ticket prices between India and the UAE typically experience an upward trend from July to the early days of September.
Impact on Travel Plans:
The impact of the fare increase can be seen across various flight routes:
- Travel from Mumbai to Dubai on August 20 now costs Dh890-Dh1,000, marking an increase of Dh500 from previous rates.
- Flights from Delhi to Dubai, which typically cost Dh520, have surged to Dh1,073.
- South India routes, particularly to Kerala, have also been affected.
Fares ranging from Dh1,288 to Dh2,277 have seen an increase of Dh600-Dh1,000 from the off-season rates.
When will Fare Reduce?
Awaited relief for travelers may come after mid-September, with prospects of potential reduction in ticket fares.
Many travelers had initially opted for one-way tickets to India during vacation, hopeful that August would bring lower ticket prices.
However, the expected reduction has yet to materialize, prompting individuals to explore alternative travel options.
In light of the soaring ticket prices, a growing number of expatriates are opting for alternative routes to minimize travel costs.
Some are considering routes via Ras Al Khaimah and Muscat, where ticket fares are comparatively more reasonable.