Increase in air fares has made expats miserable. Mid-summer holidays and Eid al-Fitr coincide with the rise in air fares. Airlines’ ticket prices began to rise the following week, with the Eid holiday approaching. Mid-summer holidays in schools in the UAE start on July 2. Airlines have seen a huge increase in air fares ahead of the mid-summer holidays and Eid al-Adha. Ticket prices have more than doubled. Airlines usually charge higher rates for summer vacations, but to avoid this, book tickets months in advance.
It also depends on the connection flight. From March 27, India will completely lift restrictions on foreign airlines as part of the Covid restrictions. With this, domestic services were expected to increase and there would be a significant reduction in air fares. However, even after the lifting of these restrictions and the announcement of the summer schedule by the airlines, various airlines have been charging high rates from the very beginning. Air fares usually rise sharply after mid-June. Sometimes it costs more than 3000 dirhams for a two way trip. People are reluctant to book tickets months in advance and rely on connection flights as the Covid threat has not completely receded.
Air Connection Services
During peak hours, expatriates relied heavily on the Oman Air and Gulf Air connection services from the UAE. The non-resumption of these services, including the non-resumption of Oman Air’s service from Abu Dhabi and the non-resumption of three daily Etihad Airways services from Abu Dhabi to Kozhikode, is a setback for expatriates. The only relief is the launch of Air Arabia’s Kozhikode, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram services from Abu Dhabi.
A good percentage of expat families have postponed their return home for two years following the Covid restrictions. With significant relaxations in Covid restrictions in various countries, a good number of expatriates want to go home at least this holiday season. Teachers, non-staff, students and their parents who can only go home during school holidays will be most affected by the uncontrolled rate hike during these times.
UAE To Kerala
Tickets for the first week of July from UAE to Kerala and back to airports in Kerala range from AED 2,200 to AED 2,500. It is increasing every day. Last week, the International Air Transport Association (IAA) warned that rising fuel prices could lead to higher air fares.